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Incoming Director Coulson appoints John Cox as new NAGB Chief Curator

Incoming Director Coulson appoints John Cox as new NAGB Chief Curator

1/31/2012 10:13:42 AM
On January 1st, 2012, John Cox, the founder of the artists’ cooperative Popopstudios International Center for the Visual Arts, took on the position of Chief Curator at The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas, appointed by incoming Director, Amanda Coulson.
 
According to Coulson, “John is a fundamental player in the art scene of The Bahamas and has an extensive working knowledge of both the historical and contemporary practices here. We’ve known each other since 2006 and have an excellent working relationship; with his internal knowledge and my international reach, I believe as a team we’ll achieve our goal of bringing Bahamian art to a wider audience both at home and abroad.” 
 
Cox is an internationally recognized mixed-media artist and has extensive experience in all aspects of organising and curating art exhibitions. He has been a major part of the Bahamian art scene for the past 20 years and has played a significant role in redefining art in The Bahamas. Previously, he has held the positions as curator and education officer at The National Art Gallery. Most recently, he taught in the Art Department at the College of The Bahamas for several years.

Cox adds,” I am honoured and excited to be back at the NAGB with the new team. I accepted the offer from Amanda Coulson for this position with a great deal of optimism as I believe we can leverage the institution in the future to engage in local, regional and international conversations around contemporary visual practice in ways the country has not yet experienced. I see the NAGB as a vehicle for empowerment, education and dialogue. The platform that Dr. James established during the Gallery’s initial 8 years, positions the new team perfectly to get to the next level. The future looks bright.”
 
Cox received a BFA in Illustration in 1995 and went on to receive a Masters in Art Education from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). He originally went to school as an architecture student and eventually found his niche in illustration. He began making art and organizing shows of his work at such universities as RISD, Brown and Harvard.
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