Wager Named Curator of Exhibits at UB Art Galleries – UBNow: News & Views for UB Faculty & Staff
Anna Wager, Curator of Visual Arts for Clarence A. Davis and Gallery Director at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, has been appointed Curator of Exhibits at UB Art Galleries.
In his new role, Wager will conceptualize and implement UB Art Galleries’ contemporary art exhibitions and programs with a commitment to supporting art and ideas that are urgent and relevant to our time and place.
“We are thrilled and thrilled to have Wager join our team,” says Robert Scalise, Director of UB Art Galleries. “She brings significant experience of working with art historical research, contemporary artists, and connecting students to work.”
Wager says she is excited “to join and learn from the vibrant artistic and intellectual community at UB and Buffalo.”
“I look forward to facilitating access to a wide range of exhibits and artists, and collaborating with artists, students and community organizers from across the region,” she says. “There is so much incredible potential in an academic institution to question, expand and deepen what artistic creation can do, and I am energized by expanding the educational potential of galleries as sites of critical inquiry and spaces for students to gain valuable experience.”
While at Hobart and William Smith, Wager worked on solo exhibitions of contemporary artists, including John Opera (assistant professor of art at UB), Amanda Maciuba, Andrew Ellis Johnson, Rebecca Murtaugh and Sarita Zaleha, as well as collections and thematic group exhibitions around these subjects. as art and labor, crafts and democracy, Afrofuturis, and the portrait as a form of institutional critique.
She has also supervised and taught students as gallery assistants and curatorial interns. His previous curatorial projects and fellowships include work at the Delaware Art Museum, the Seattle Art Museum, and the Henry Art Gallery.
Wager holds a doctorate in art history from the University of Washington in Seattle. Her research interests include critical museum studies, book arts and material culture, typography, textile and fabric art, contemporary craftsmanship, and the ethics of collecting.