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Jamie Stevens Appointed Curator and Head of Programs at the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts

June 5, 2014



SAN FRANCISCO, June 5 -- The California College of the Arts issued the following news release:

Jamie Stevens, formerly the curator at Cubitt Gallery in London, is the new curator and head of programs of the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts in San Francisco, as announced today by Wattis Institute Director Anthony Huberman. Stevens will take up his new position in July 2014 and will be responsible for the development of Wattis Institute exhibitions and public programs.

Huberman says: "Jamie has infectious energy and great ideas, and we are excited to have him join our family here at the Wattis. He will be organizing exhibitions as well as playing a leadership role in our newly expanded event programming. I have followed Jamie's work in London for the past several years and have been impressed with his artist-centered approach and willingness to take risks. He has a fresh and informed perspective on contemporary art and ideas that are international in scope, and he's very eager to get to know the local scene. He'll be playing a crucial role here as we launch the new Wattis programming this fall."

About Jamie Stevens

As the curator at Cubitt Gallery in London, Jamie Stevens ran a program that included exhibitions featuring the artists Jef Geys, Jana Euler, Aaron Flint Jamison, and Morag Keil. Previously he worked as the exhibitions and events organizer at Chisenhale Gallery in London, where he contributed to exhibitions featuring the artists Hito Steyerl, Josephine Pryde, Christina Mackie, Ed Atkins, and others. In April 2014, he curated an exhibition of works by the artist Stephen Kaltenbach at OHIO Gallery, Glasgow, which was part of Glasgow International, the city's biennial festival of contemporary art.

Stevens sits on the advisory board of artist-run space castillo/corrales in Paris and is a member of the acquisitions panel for the British Council Collection, a major public collection for visual arts in the United Kingdom.

About the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts

Founded in 1998, the CCA Wattis Institute is an internationally recognized exhibition venue and research institute. An artist-centered institution, it supports and presents the newest and most relevant contemporary artists working today via exhibitions and events. Operating under the umbrella of an educational institution, the Wattis is also committed to longer-term initiatives such as research forums, residencies, reading groups, and publications. As the city's "kunsthalle," the Wattis is a central hub and gathering place for the contemporary art community in San Francisco and the Bay Area.

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