The Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston has a new director. He is Toby Kamps, curator of modern and contemporary art at The Menil Collection. Kamps will start his new role as the Jane Dale Owen Director and Chief Curator of the Blaffer Art Museum and research assistant professor of art history in September.
Notable accomplishments in his career include organizing solo exhibitions of work by artists including Vanessa Beecroft, Ellsworth Kelly and Danny Lyon and leading numerous group exhibition and catalogue projects, such as Silence, Small World: Dioramas in Contemporary Art, Space Is the Place, and, with a team, Baja to Vancouver: The West Coast and Contemporary Art. His exhibitions The Old, Weird America and From Baja to Bar Harbor, won best traveling exhibition nationally and best regional university gallery project awards from the U.S. and New England sections of the International Association of Art Critics, respectively.