A new four year initiative at the Spencer Museum of Art, and funded by the Andrew W Mellon Foundation, will bring arts ideas and approaches into research taking place across the University of Kansas.
The new assistant curator for research, writer, curator and artist Joey Orr, will begin his tenure in January 2017. "I am thrilled to join the team at the Spencer Museum of Art in realising a bold and timely vision for how art and knowledge production can advance research across the sciences and humanities," Orr said. "Although research has influenced visual art on many levels for decades, recent trajectories in contemporary art are directly engaging a wide spectrum of academic, social and political thought."
The Integrated Arts Research Initiative IARI) will feature staff and student fellowships from a wide range of disciplines as well as hosting visiting scholars and creative practitioners and collaborative projects.