Walker Arts Center announces departure of executive director

Walker Arts Center’s executive director, Olga Viso, will step down from her position at the end of the year, the museum’s board of trustees announced Tuesday.

Olga Viso, executive director of the Walker Arts Center for 10 years, will step down from her position at the end of the year after an announcement by the Board of Trustees on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017. (Courtesy of the Walker Arts Center).
Olga Viso, executive director of the Walker Arts Center for 10 years, will step down from her position at the end of the year after an announcement by the Board of Trustees on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017. (Courtesy of the Walker Arts Center).

Viso led an eight-year effort to transform the Walker Art Center. She headed a $75 million fundraising effort that brought a re-design to the museum’s campus, including the newly renovated Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.

“It has been a privilege to lead this venerable contemporary arts institution the last 10 years and to support the work of some of the most compelling and adventurous international artists working today across disciplinary boundaries. Completing the vision for the campus that began in 2005 with the Walker’s Herzog and DeMeuron addition has been an absolute highlight. I am immensely proud of what we—the Walker’s talented and ambitious staff and the generous community of donors who stepped up boldly—have accomplished together,” Viso said in a statement.

The board will form a search committee to hire a new executive director.

“We wish her well for her next career opportunity,” Board of Trustees President Monica Nassif said in a statement. “As we look beyond this transition, the Walker Board is focused on fully activating the new campus, proceeding as a global artistic leader, continuing our commitments to be a more inclusive organization, and being responsive to community perspectives and political realities of this time.”

 


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