The Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) yesterday revealed Courtenay Finn’s appointment as chief curator. Finn will assume her new role in March, departing from the Museum of Contemporary Art in Cleveland, where she has been curator since 2018. At OCMA, she will lead the curatorial department and oversee the exhibitions taking place in the new home. ‘OCMA, which is scheduled to open in Costa Mesa in October 2022.
OCMA’s new $ 93 million facility will open on October 8 with the California Biennale serving as the inaugural exhibit. General admission will be free to the public for a decade after opening.
“The energy around the museum and in the local creative communities is inspiring,” Finn noted. “I am delighted to be working with the dynamic team at OCMA to create a vibrant curatorial program that continues its long-standing commitment to experimentation, places artists and communities in meaningful dialogue, and explores how art can be an agent of transformation. “
OCMA also announced the appointment of Meagan Burger as Director of Engagement and Learning. Burger, previously responsible for adult learning at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, will lead the development and integration of OCMA’s learning and audience programs and community partnerships.
“I am excited to lead the development of programs and initiatives that will expand and engage our communities, cultivate inclusiveness, spark curiosity and transform traditional narratives,” said Burger.
“Courtenay and Meagan are wonderful additions to the leadership of OCMA, whose work and impact will reflect our vision for a vibrant, engaged and diverse museum for the 21st century,” said OCMA Director and CEO, Heidi Zuckerman, noting that she had worked with the two women at the Aspen Art Museum before entering her role at the California museum last January.