Kingston Gallery, an artist-run gallery in Boston’s SoWA district, is pleased to announce the hiring of Shana Dumont Garr as its first director.
Shana most recently was Director of Programs and Exhibitions at Artspace in Raleigh, North Carolina, a non-profit open studio environment for established and emerging artists and a center for hands-on arts education and nationally acclaimed exhibitions. As director of programs and exhibitions, Shana organized more than forty exhibitions per year, maintained and initiated educational programs for youth and adults, and collaborated with local organizations such as the North Carolina Museum of Art, HQ Raleigh, the Boys and Girls Club, and El Pueblo to create opportunities for local artists and to increase access to the visual arts for everyone, regardless of their background.
Garr earned her MA in Art History from Boston University and has over ten years of academic and commercial experience in the arts. Prior to her position at Artspace, Garr worked as the Assistant to the Director of the Ackland Art Museum at UNC Chapel Hill, and before that as the Assistant Director and Curator for the Montserrat College of Art Gallery and Visiting Artist Program in Beverly, MA. At Montserrat, she curated and organized exhibitions, designed and oversaw educational programs, and managed the visiting artist program.
“I am thrilled to work with this strong group of visual artists who support each other to play a vital role in the Boston arts community,” says Garr. “I look forward to not only furthering Kingston’s profile in this region, but also to supporting each member artist in reaching the next step of her or his own career. The gallery is doubly special because a combination of individual talent and cooperation among the group takes place in order for it to thrive as a professional exhibition space.”