Art Gallery of Nova Scotia names Ray Cronin as new Director and CEO
The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia has announced that Ray Cronin will assume the position as Director and CEO. Deanne MacLeod, Chair of the AGNS Board of Governors notes, "The Board is pleased to announce Ray Cronin as the new Director for the AGNS. The Board thanks Ray for his term as Acting Director and looks forward to continuing to work with Ray and the Staff to continue the good work of the Gallery."
"I'm humbled by the confidence being shown in me - the AGNS is the premiere art museum in Atlantic Canada, a vital part of a vibrant arts community, and it is with a sense of great responsibility that I take up its reins. I look forward to the challenge of furthering the mission of the gallery, to working with the Government, the Board, our members, our patrons, and with my dedicated colleagues on staff, towards continuing the growth we have exhibited at AGNS over the past decades under the leadership of my predecessors, Bernard Riordon and Jeffrey Spalding."
Bill Dooks, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage responsible for the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia notes, "The Province is pleased to have Ray Cronin as the Gallery's new Director and CEO. We believe he will provide strong leadership to the AGNS and continue to make the Gallery one of the very best in the country."
A curator and writer with over 15 years of experience in the visual arts, Ray Cronin was hired as Curator of Contemporary Art at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in 2001. In his seven years at AGNS he has also served as Acting Chief Curator, as Senior Curator (appointed in 2006), and as Acting Director and Chief Curator. Cronin received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Windsor. A former arts columnist for the Daily Gleaner in Fredericton, Cronin has written about visual art for numerous Canadian and American publications, including feature articles in magazines such as Arts Atlantic, Border Crossings, Canadian Art, Sculpture, and C Magazine. He has been invited to provide catalogue essays by galleries across Canada, including essays on artists such as Jean-Pierre Gauthier, Adrian Göllner, Kelly Mark and David Diviney. In 2001 he was awarded the Christina Sabat Award for Critical Review in the Arts. He has delivered lectures and presentations across the country, and has taught at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design and NSCAD University.
Cronin has been curator of the Sobey Art Award since its inception, and has chaired all of the Curatorial Panels to date. In 2002 and 2004 he was also the Atlantic Canada representative of the Sobey jury. He continues to work closely with the Sobey Art Foundation as a member of the Sobey Art Award Governance Committee.
A curator with a particular expertise in Atlantic Canadian contemporary art, some of his recent curatorial projects include Arena: The Art of Hockey, Pictured: Image and Object in Canadian Sculpture, Graeme Patterson: Woodrow, and Thierry Delva.
Ray Cronin is married to artist Sarah Maloney. They have three daughters: Mollie, Kathryn, and Maggie.
" I believe passionately in the art and artists of this region, and am proud of the role that the AGNS has played over the years: fostering the careers of artists, collecting and preserving their works, all the while developing audiences for contemporary Canadian art and for the art history of Nova Scotia and all of Atlantic Canada. We*ve been good but we can still get better. I can*t wait to get started.*
Mr. Cronin's five year term starts June 1, 2008.
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