Meg Linton, a curator and arts administrator with two decades of experience, has been appointed executive director and chief curator of the Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe (CCA) following a nationwide search.
CCA Board President John C. Bienvenu announced the appointment and said: “Meg has already begun consulting with CCA from her California and Arizona homes, and will join CCA full-time once her relocation to Santa Fe is complete.”
Linton comes to CCA from Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, where she has spent the past year as a strategic planning and special projects consultant to Otis’ president, an assignment she undertook following 11 years of work as Otis’ director of Galleries and Exhibitions. Prior to joining Otis, Linton served for five years as executive director of the Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum (now the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara.)
“We are very excited to welcome Meg to the Center for Contemporary Arts,” Bienvenu said. “She has an outstanding track record of innovative success in the arts with wide-ranging community ties and a history of bringing people together in a spirit of collaboration. Meg also brings to CCA an extremely effective management style praised by artists, donors, community partners, and staff alike. Her strong skills and deep passion for the visual arts will help propel the Center for Contemporary Arts to a new level of growth and esteem as we approach our fourth decade of service to Northern New Mexico and the western region.”
“It is an honor for me to assume this vital leadership role with the Center for Contemporary Arts,” Linton said. “CCA enjoys such a strong reputation for its exceptional commitment to film, all forms of the visual arts and performance, along with its unparalleled record of community partnerships and educational outreach. I look forward to working with all of CCA’s members, friends, the Board of Directors, and community partners to ensure that our programming reaches new heights with artistic and innovative success.”
During Linton’s tenure at Otis, she oversaw the installation of more than 65 exhibitions designed and curated specifically for various constituencies within the college and the richly diverse arts audience of Southern California. She was responsible for the planning and implementing of numerous special programs like the Jennifer Howard Coleman Distinguished Lectureship and Residency, and the acclaimed lecture series “Otis Speaks” featuring prominent artists, curators, and filmmakers like Guy Maddin, Yvonne Rainer, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Judy Chicago, and Guerillmo Gómez Pena.
In addition, Linton curated artist Mark Dean Veca’s site-specific installation “Revenge of Phantasmagoria,” which was created for the 2009 Instituto Cultural Cabañas and the Feria Internacional del Libero (FIL) in Guadulajara, Mexico—a project funded by the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.
The most significant scholarly contribution Linton made during her Otis tenure is best exemplified by the four-year research project, “Doin’ It in Public: Art and Feminism at the Woman’s Building” as part of the Getty’s initiative Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980 funded by the Getty Foundation, Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Henry Luce Foundation as well as other family foundations and individuals. The eight publications and 40+ oral herstories produced in conjunction with this one exhibition continue to be used by feminist scholars around the world.
Linton earned a Master of Fine Arts in Exhibition Design and a Certificate in Museum Studies from the California State University, Fullerton (1995), and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of California, Irvine (1989). She also is an alumna of the Getty Leadership Institute (2007) and the Association of Academic Museums and Galleries Leadership Academy, Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, Illinois (2012).
Since its inception in 1982, the CCA Cinematheque is one of the most vigorous and widely respected art-house theaters located outside a major metropolitan area. Its two state-of-the-art digital screens regularly present world-class independent films from around the globe. Similarly, CCA’s 6,000 sq. ft. Muñoz Waxman Gallery showcases important works by both emerging and established artists in all genres, often created specifically for CCA. Together both the Cinematheque and the Muñoz Waxman Gallery present some of the most compelling public programming in the western region.
Since 2009, CCA has completed more than $2 million in capital improvements to its facilities, including major renovations to the galleries and theaters and greatly improving visitor experiences at CCA’s historic Armory campus location in Santa Fe.
The Mission of the CCA is to create, maintain, and promote a vibrant regional gathering place for the exploration and presentation of diverse and challenging contemporary art forms and ideas through interdisciplinary programs: film, visual arts, performance, and educational outreach.