Curator Jennifer Edwards Exits Bechtler Museum


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Curator Jennifer Edwards and the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art have confirmed that they “parted ways” today. Edwards joined the museum in 2015 and has garnered a reputation for revamping and strengthening the programming at the uptown institution. (Edwards received a Best of the Best Award from this magazine in 2017 for her curatorial work.)

The latest major exhibition from Edwards is the sprawling Wrestling the Angel, which runs through the end of October. The exhibition's aim is to show artists who use “religious iconography for social critique or who use a spiritual practice to inform their artistic practice.”

The curator’s exit is the second major departure at the museum this summer, after former director of institutional giving Bob Scheer left to take the vice president of development post at the McColl Center. In a broader sense, the museum has seen a high turnaround over the past several years, as previously reported.

Edwards has been involved with arts activities across the city since arriving. She currently serves on a board for Goodyear Arts and the AFA advisory committee for Central Piedmont Community College.

Museum representatives have declined further comment for this story.

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