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Dana Friis-Hansen and Ron Platt
July 14, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Dana Friis-Hansen is Director and CEO of the Grand Rapids Art Museum, taking the helm in July of 2011.
Prior to joining GRAM, he most recently served as the Executive Director of the Austin Museum of Art.
Friis-Hansen is an accomplished curator, writer, and editor with dozens of exhibitions, catalogues, books, articles, and published papers to his credit.
Ron Platt is Chief Curator at the Grand Rapids Art Museum, where he plans and
organizes the Museum’s program of changing exhibitions, leads the presentation
and growth of GRAM’s permanent collection, and works with donors, the art
community, and the public to broaden GRAM’s audience and mission.
Ron’s specialty is modern and contemporary art, and he has organized numerous
one-person and thematic group exhibitions, artist’s residencies and
commissioned projects over the last twenty-five years. Prior to joining GRAM in
2014, Ron has held curatorial positions at the Birmingham Museum of Art, the
Weatherspoon Art Museum at the University of North Carolina, and at MIT’s List
Visual Arts Center. He received a BA in American Studies from University of
Maryland and an MBA in Arts Administration from Lesley University in
Cambridge, Massachusetts. Ron puts the G in LGBTQ!
Among the more than fifty exhibitions he has curated are Nature/Nurture:
ArtPrize Seven at GRAM, Under the Skin: Tattoos and Contemporary Culture,
Dawoud Bey: The Birmingham Project, and one person shows by Dona Nelson,
Luca Buvoli, and Tom Friedman.