Former curator returns to Kimball
May 6, 2008
A familiar face is back at the Kimball Art Center.
Though Park City resident Erin Linder has maintained contract work with the center since her departure in 2006, she has mainly remained outside of its gallery walls, taking care of her baby and seeking a master’s degree in business administration at Westminster College. However, after the departure of Kathleen Carricaburu, Linder accepted the invitation to come back to the Kimball as the new director of exhibitions.
"Some of the staff has changed, but the intent to make the Kimball the best it can be and deliver its mission to the community has remained the same," she says. "And as with before, everyone’s working hard to make this the best place it could be. It was a great place to work before and I was excited to do it again."
Linder was already working on the upcoming 39th annual Park City Kimball Arts Festival this August when she took the position. For now, she says she will be part-time, until she finishes her degree. "I’m almost done with my master’s and my son is almost a year old, so when they came to me, it just seemed like a natural fit and a great time to come back and take more of an active role. I know the territory."
For three years beginning in 2003, Linder acted as curator at the center. "I was pretty much doing what I will do now I was organizing shows and then also managing the artists for the art festival," she explains. "I’m in charge of researching and some programming, collaborating with the education director to make sure there’s a strong education component. I’m also in charge of working with the artists and designing the shows how they’re going to look, how the art is displayed."
Among the shows Linder helped to bring to the Kimball was Andrew Smith’s "Kinetic Sculptures" exhibition in 2006. "It was a favorite and one that so many people enjoyed his work is so dynamic and accessible," she recalls.
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Linder will also be working with William Morris, a studio glass artist she helped present at the center in 2004. A contemporary of Dale Chihuly, Morris is slated to return once more in the near future, she says. "It’s exciting because I was working on bringing on another show of his and now I’m back and it’s going to be here, so I’m glad to have the continuum of being part of another one of his exhibitions. I think his work is amazing."
Morris is on a list of talent coming to the Kimball that includes photographer Robert Glenn Ketchum and installation artist Brittany Powell. With each, Linder plans to integrate new educational programming with Jenny Diersen, the center’s education director, to offer free school tours, education outreach packets and free art talks.
"I see us as a valuable resource to the community where people can come and experience art whether they’re learning about it through a hands-on ceramics class or getting access to an artist like William Morris whose work has been shown all over the world," Linder says. "The Kimball is a place that can showcase the great local talent we have as well as provide people a chance to see art that’s happening outside of Park City. It’s the community’s art center."