Cheekwood Names Gina Wouters New VP of Museum Affairs/Chief Curator
We are thrilled to welcome Gina Wouters as our new Vice President of Museum Affairs and Chief Curator. Gina comes to Cheekwood from Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Miami, Fla., where she has held several roles since 2007— most recently, curator, directing the institution’s Contemporary Arts Program (CAP) for the last five years.
Gina has a Bachelor’s Degree of Fine Arts in Photography from Barry University, a Master’s of Arts Degree in Seventeenth-Century Art History from the Universiteit van Amsterdam in her native country, the Netherlands. She is currently working on her Doctorate Degree in Museum Studies from the University of Leicester, where her studies focus on situating the global phenomenon of historic sites engaging contemporary art within a broader context of museological practice. By merging practice and theory, Wouters has become a key scholar and curator in this emerging phenomenon.
She has served as editor of many published works and written numerous curatorial essays, having recently published Lost Spaces and Stories of Vizcaya: 10 years of CAP and 100 years of Contemporary Art in May 2017 to accompany the Lost Spaces and Stories of Vizcaya centennial exhibition. She also served as editor and contributing author to Robert Winthrop Chanler: Discovering the Fantastic published with The Monacelli Press in May 2016, which was shortlisted for the 2017 Alice Award. She has been recognized with multiple awards regarding her dedication and excellence within the professional field of the arts.
In her new role here at Cheekwood, Gina will serve on our six-person senior leadership team and will be responsible for ensuring excellence in the museum and education fields. She will oversee all curatorial programs, including the care and enhancement of the Cheekwood Permanent Collection and the historically furnished rooms and galleries in the Cheekwood Mansion.
She will develop, monitor and supervise the curatorial team’s implementation of strategic art and history initiatives, and will work to research, identify and secure exhibitions while serving as the spokesperson on behalf of all the collections.
Additionally, she will oversee the education department to develop content-rich tour information, programs and lectures, and will actively seek partnerships with peer institutions, artists, galleries, auction houses, conferences and activities.
Gina is an individual member of the Association of Art Museum Curators, College Art Association and the American Alliance of Museums.
Gina’s first day in her new role was January 2, 2018. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.