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Salina Art Center Hires Curator, Jefferson Godard

Salina Art Center has hired Jefferson Godard as Curator. Jefferson comes from Chicago where he served as Director at Aspect/Ratio Projects. He will assume his new role at the Salina Art Center on June 1.

“The Art Center involved a wide range of people in the national search for a new curator. Former directors, Board members, patrons, artists, and community collaborators were engaged in the process,” says Misty Serene, executive director at Salina Art Center. “Jefferson stood out to us as someone who was very knowledgeable, and who would make contemporary art engaging and accessible to all audiences.”

Godard founded Aspect/Ratio Projects in 2012, which initially focused on video and performance art, exhibiting artists including Guy Ben-Ner, Alejandro Figueredo Díaz-Perera, Kate Gilmore, Sabina Ott, Casilda Sánchez, and Derrick Woods-Morrow. He also independently curated video-based exhibitions, such as “Overkill,” at The Mission Chicago with artists Manon de Boer, Candice Breitz, EJ Hill, Diego Leclery, and Casilda Sánchez.

Trained as an architect, Godard served as adjunct faculty in Art & Art History at Columbia College Chicago and has lectured at Art Cologne, College Arts Association Conference, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Northwestern University.

“I’m honored to join the Salina Art Center and continue the legacy for championing Great Plains based artists as well as introducing new voices to the Salina arts community. I also look forward to sharing video art based programming at the Art Center Cinema,” says Godard. “It is a privilege to follow the legacy of previous Art Center curators Saralyn Reece Hardy, Christopher Cook, and Bill North.”

The Salina Art Center is a nonprofit contemporary art and education center founded in 1978 in Salina, Kansas. The Art Center, accredited by the American Alliance of Museums since 1991, lives its mission “to create exchanges among art, artists, and audiences that reveal life” through contemporary art exhibitions and film. Civic, artistic, and pedagogical dialogues based in artistic presentations create opportunities to explore challenging topics. Local issues, needs, and challenges are addressed through artist residencies, exhibitions, independent films and documentaries, classes, temporary public art projects, and youth development initiatives.