The Racine Art Museum has appointed Lena Vigna as its new Curator of Exhibitions. Vigna comes to the museum from the Miami University Art Museum in Oxford, Ohio, and will start here on March 1.
With previous roots in Wisconsin, Vigna served as the Curator of Exhibitions and Department Head at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin from 2001 to 2008. Her last major show at the Kohler, Laced with History in 2007, was a contemporary look at lace, lace making and the concept of lace as inspiration for artworks and installation sculptures.
Most recently, she has garnered recognition for her attention to contemporary art jewelry. In 2009, she co-authored an article in Metalsmith magazine on the new sense of ornamentation practiced by some of the artists working in contemporary art jewelry.
Vigna has her BFA and MA degrees in Art History from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She worked at the University of Illinois' Krannert Art Museum and the Indianapolis Museum of Art prior to moving to Wisconsin in 2001. She moved to the Miami University Art Museum in 2008.
"Lena Vigna is viewed by many people in the field as an up and coming talent and we look forward to having her on our staff," said Bruce W. Pepich, RAM Executive Director and Curator of Collections. "She has exciting ideas and a strong interest in supporting artists and their development of new work."
The Racine Art Museum has nearly 5,000 contemporary crafts objects in its permanent collection. Vigna will head a department that organizes exhibitions three times a year at RAM and Wustum Museum of Fine Arts.