Network News

X My Profile
View More Activity
Posted at 8:55 AM ET, 01/10/2011

Artisphere appoints first executive director

By Jacqueline Trescott
ortiz
Executive Director José Ortiz in front of Anna U. Davis's "A Swedish Midsummer Feast," part of Artisphere's Party Crashers exhibition. (Artisphere)

Artisphere, the rock around the clock, multi-discipline center in Arlington, has selected its first executive director. Jose Ortiz, a veteran administrator who worked at the Harvard Art Museum and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, starts Monday.

The concept and the newness of Artisphere, which opened Oct. 10, attracted him. "It represents a new type of model for an arts center," said Ortiz. The format also allows Ortiz and the staff to program work that is not only groundbreaking but that the major museums might shy away from. "There are some limitations at the major museums," Ortiz said. "Even though they say the programming is fresh, it is not as fresh as Artisphere, which could be entirely new."

Artisphere, which is managed by the Arlington Cultural Affairs office and partly financed by the Rosslyn Business Improvement District, showcases a diversity of arts and is open 85 hours a week.

The facility has three visual art galleries, a 4,000 square foot ballroom and a town hall space. The events at Artisphere are a mix of free and ticketed.

Ortiz, 49, a graduate of Pace University and New York University, lived in Washgton for 4 1/2 years. Most recently he's been in the Boston area as deputy director of the complex of three art museums at Harvard.

"I became familiar with the arts scene in Washington and with the artists, dealers and collectors. It was great to think of reconnecting," Ortiz said.

Preparing for the new job, he has been watching the crowds at Artisphere. "I found it had great energy and people were very curious and walking around. If someone came to a dance performance, they saw that the gallery was opened. So they came for dance but now they are looking at the art on the wall."

By Jacqueline Trescott  | January 10, 2011; 8:55 AM ET
Categories:  Contemporary Art, Jacqueline Trescott, appointments  | Tags:  Artisphere, Arts in Arlington County, Jose Ortiz, Virginia arts complex  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz   Previous: NEA plans to webcast jazz concert
Next: Italian design at the Brookville Market

No comments have been posted to this entry.

Post a Comment

We encourage users to analyze, comment on and even challenge washingtonpost.com's articles, blogs, reviews and multimedia features.

User reviews and comments that include profanity or personal attacks or other inappropriate comments or material will be removed from the site. Additionally, entries that are unsigned or contain "signatures" by someone other than the actual author will be removed. Finally, we will take steps to block users who violate any of our posting standards, terms of use or privacy policies or any other policies governing this site. Please review the full rules governing commentaries and discussions.




characters remaining

 
 
RSS Feed
Subscribe to The Post

© 2011 The Washington Post Company