Today, the Business of Art Center announced that Patrick Bohnen will be its new curator and gallery manager. Bohnen will replace Liz Szabo, who left the BAC in November after four years.
According to the press release, Bohnen started at the BAC as an intern in April, then became a gallery assistant. He has also worked as co-director of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Student Gallery. “In short, I want to take the amazing foundation I have been provided and build on it by opening up the galleries to a wider range of visiting artists and guest curators of the highest caliber while simultaneously building new and exciting connections for the organization,” Bohnen says in the release.
For now, though, he'll inherit a gallery schedule already established by Szabo that runs through early 2014.
A larger number of applicants applied, the BAC says, all of whom were well-qualified. Yet BAC executive director Natalie Johnson says Bohnen's experience, knowledge of the organization and community-building chops made him the top choice.
"He is fearless, collaborative and works well with our current staff and administration," she says.