FIU Artist Lecture Series: Hunter O’ Hanian
Friday, April 13 at 7PM
Hunter O’ Hanian
Director of the College Art Association (CAA)
O’Hanian has been the Leslie-Lohman Museum’s director since 2012. In his four years as director, O’Hanian began a project to double the size of the Lower East Side museum and significantly grow its staff. (A release notes that the goal of a larger museum will be achieved by the end of this year, and that plans for an expansion will continue on without O’Hanian as director.) He also oversaw over 30 exhibitions at the museum, notable among them a survey about the role of the nude throughout queer history and a show that featured previously un-exhibited photographs of Paul Thek from the ’50s.
O’Hanian is currently the director of the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in New York’s Soho neighborhood. The Leslie-Lohman Museum is the only art museum devoted exclusively to artwork that speaks to the LGBTQ experience.
Prior to joining Leslie-Lohman, Hunter was the vice president of institutional advancement and executive director of the Foundation for Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston. Previous to that, he led two renowned artists’ residencies programs, having served as the president of Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village, outside of Aspen, Colorado, and executive director of the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, which is the largest residency program for emerging artists and writers in the United States. The Fine Arts Work Center recently permanently endowed a fellowship in his name.