Veronica Kessenich is stepping down as govt director of Atlanta Modern. Her final day with the group can be September 30.
“I’m very happy with the work we’ve finished,” Kessenich informed ArtsATL. “I’m from Atlanta and care deeply for this neighborhood. I completed the targets I set for myself on the Atlanta Modern.”
Kessenich, 44, joined the Atlanta Modern in 2013 as improvement director and was named govt director two years later, changing Julie Delliquanti. Tim Schrager, the board chair on the time, described Kessenich because the museum’s greatest fundraiser.
Since then, Kessenich has supported the museum by means of the 2013 Capital Marketing campaign, initiated the transition to free admission, caused a brand new, impartial curatorial mannequin and led the group by means of the Covid-19 pandemic. Atlanta Modern is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary this 12 months with displays by Sam Gilliam (curated by Kessenich) and rising artist Hasani Sahlehe (curated by Y. Malik Jalal.) Each will open on August 24.
“This can be a traditionally distinctive group, and it’s good to depart when issues are good,” Kessenich stated. “One of many issues we’ve finished is to make sure greatest practices for the group from a enterprise perspective. We’ve constructed good steady floor for somebody new to come back in and construct on the work of the final 50 years. It’s time for a brand new imaginative and prescient.”
Katina Asbell, chair of the board of administrators, said in a press launch: “We’re extremely grateful for her inventive management and considerate administration over the past 10 years. Veronica has ensured that Atlanta Modern stays the nexus for artist-driven and art-centered programming in Atlanta.”
The Atlanta Modern’s board has appointed a search committee and introduced on a advisor to conduct a seek for the subsequent govt director. Kessenich stated she is working with the group to make sure a clean transition however declined to say what her subsequent transfer can be, besides that she plans to remain in Atlanta.