The Sangre de Cristo Arts Center has a new visual arts curator, Christel Dussart, who will take the reins officially July 1.
Dussart worked extensively in the Colorado Springs arts community, serving three years as director of visual resources at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and as assistant to the director of Smokebrush Gallery and Foundation. She joined the Sangre as an exhibition preparator in September 2011, becoming assistant curator in March of this year.
Dussart's experience extends outside the state, the Sangre's press release says. She volunteered for the Guggenheim Museum in New York City and worked on the prep and install of temporary exhibits at the Ellis Island Immigration Museum. Currently, Dussart's working toward completing her master's in Art History/Museum Studies with an emphasis in "contemporary activist art organized around environmental issues" from City College of New York.
Sangre's former curator, Karin Larkin, left in February to accept a job as director of art at UCCS, marketing manager Nicki Hart writes in an e-mail. Dussart filled in as an interim while the museum searched for Larkin's replacement. They interviewed several candidates from around the country, Hart writes, including Dussart.
Here's the full release: ChristelDussart_Release.pdf