Press Releases : 2009/09

OCA's Director Marta Kuzma to Continue to Lead OCA through 2013

Published 2009/09/25



Marta Kuzma, OCA's incumbent Director, has accepted a four-year extension to her contract offered to her by OCA's Board, effective since 1 September 2009. OCA's Board is proud to have a director whose expertise in the international arena will help to sustain and consolidate the professional development of Norwegian art and artists abroad and enable artists from around the world to share their work and ideas with their colleagues in Norway.

According to OCA's Board Chair Gro Bonesmo:

We are pleased to retain the services of Marta Kuzma for another four years. Her leadership of the organisation over the past four years has strengthened OCA's international profile and developed the organisation's international network. We are particularly pleased with her skilful management and success in the transformation of OCA from an office into a public institution open to public and free exchange. OCA at Nedre gate 7 provides a substantial platform from which to launch its future work, and it has proven to be of great benefit to converging the national and international art scenes. All the members of the OCA Board feel confident that Marta Kuzma's vision for OCA's future work, both nationally and internationally, will advance the internationalisation of Norwegian contemporary art and artists.

Marta Kuzma holds a postgraduate degree in Aesthetics and Art Theory, from the Centre for Modern European Philosophy, Middlesex University, London and an undergraduate degree in Art History and Political Economy from Barnard College/Columbia University. She was Co-Curator of the European Biennale of Contemporary Art, Manifesta 5: San Sebastian, Spain in 2004. Before accepting her first term as Director of OCA in Norway, she held nearly eighteen years of international experience within the contemporary cultural sector including as the Artistic Director of the Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, Founding Director of the Center for Contemporary Art at the initiative of George Soros in Kyiv, and Director of the International Exhibitions Programme at the International Center of Photography in New York, NY under the directorship of Cornell Capa. She has taught and lectured at various leading institutions and is a contributing writer to the journals Radical PhilosophyAfterallArtforumArt ReviewFlash Art, andMousse. In 2009, Kuzma as OCA's director served as the commissioner for the Nordic Pavilion in Venice and brokered the first time historical cooperation between Denmark and Norway in the form of the Elmgreen and Dragset project.