After five years with SOMArts, Curator & Gallery Director Justin Hoover will be moving to the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History to become their Curator of Exhibitions.
Justin joined SOMArts in 2009 as the organization’s first full-time curator in many years and his creative vision has been fundamental to expanding SOMArts’ role as a vital connector and supporter of Bay Area artists and curators. He instigated numerous partnerships including SOMArts’ collaboration with The San Francisco Foundation to present the annual Murphy and Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards Exhibition, as well as the San Francisco Art Institute’s City Studio Program, which offers underserved youth high quality arts education in their own neighborhoods.
Highlights of Justin’s curatorial achievements include large scale exhibitions such as 100 Performances for the Hole and Night Light, which introduced thousands of Bay Area residents to new and exciting work by local artists. He also connected local artists to national and international audiences through touring exhibitions such as Electronic Pacific and It’s All A Blur.
During Justin’s tenure the SOMArts exhibitions program grew from a model of providing low-cost space for monthly exhibitions into a true collaborative model grounded in shared goals, with SOMArts staff members, interns and volunteers working together alongside guest curators, community benefit organizations, youth and artists to create exhibitions deeply rooted in cultural learning and active participation. In addition to investing more time and human resources, SOMArts steadily increased its direct payment to artists and has paid over $125,000 to working artists and curators through the exhibitions program since 2010.
We hope you will join us in wishing Justin farewell by attending Night Light on July 19th or the opening of The San Francisco Foundation and SOMArts Murphy and Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards on September 5.
If you would like to support SOMArts during this key transition, you can do so by making a donation to the Commons Curatorial Residency or helping to spread the word about our employment opportunities.