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Sara Krajewski hired as curator of Modern and Contemporary Art



COURTESY PORTLAND ART MUSEUM - Sara Krajewski will be the modern art specialist at the Portland Art Museum starting August 31.The Portland Art Museum has hired a new curator of Modern and Contemporary Art to replace long time fixture of the Portland art scene Bruce Guenther.

Sara Krajewski comes from a brief stint as director of the INOVA (Institute of Visual Arts) galleries at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Before that she was curator at the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle, Wash. She also held curatorial positions at Madison Museum of Contemporary Art and Harvard University Art Museum.

Brian Ferriso, the Marilyn H. and Dr. Robert B. Pamplin, Jr. Director of the Portland Art Museum, said:

“I met Sara nearly 20 years ago when she was working at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art and I was leading the curatorial department at the Milwaukee Art Museum. I was immediately impressed with her knowledge and passion for modern and contemporary art then, and my high regard for her talents has increased as I have followed her career since, from her work at the Henry to INOVA. I am thrilled that she will be joining our distinguished team of curators, and I am confident she will have a significant impact on our institution and community.”

Krajewski will be known as the Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art and she starts work Aug. 31. Her goal will be to grow PAM’s contemporary collection.

“Portland is a dynamic and creative community that is poised for growth,” Krajewski said. “This is an exciting time to move here and engage with this constituency. I look forward to getting to know the Museum’s collection in more depth, and working with the curatorial team to expand it.”

She earned her undergraduate degree in art history at University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her master’s degree in art history at Williams College. Her research on transdisciplinary art and performance has been supported by an Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Curatorial Fellowship.

Museum Director Brian Ferriso will remain Chief Curator for the Museum, a title previously held by Guenther.

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