Forum Confusio by John Begley
Louisville artist, curator and former gallery director, John Begley (BFA with Distinction, University of New Mexico, 1969; MFA, Indiana University, 1975) recently retired from the Hite Art Institute at the University of Louisville. Now working as an independent artist he currently maintains an active individual studio practice that combines a variety of his interests and training, including drawing, printmaking, book arts, installation and intermedia combinations that examine the nature of seeing, making and thinking about the world of art.
After joining University of Louisville’s Hite Art Institute in 2001, he directed its galleries until his retirement in June of 2014, including its expansion to the Cressman Center for Visual Art and became the lead faculty in establishing its Master of Arts program in Critical and Curatorial Studies. The founding director of the New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art, now part of the University of Southern Indiana, he served for more than eighteen years as director of the Louisville Visual Art Association.
A recipient of the Louis Comfort Tiffany and Getty Museum Management Institute Fellowships, Begley oversaw the growth of the Art Association from a five member staff to a multi-function exhibition, education and advocacy art center with numerous art, community and corporate partners and over a million dollar budget. He has also been an active advocate for the visual arts in Louisville and its state and region. He helped found the long running Louisville co-operative gallery, Zephyr, facilitated and led the organization of the citywide art dealers and presenters organization, LOOK, and worked long-term as an advocate for the establishment of a city public art program, MetroLouisville’s Commission on Public Art (COPA). He also serves on numerous community and regional arts advisory boards and panels as well as being a frequent adjudicator for state, regional and national arts exhibitions and granting agencies including the IMLS as well as many individual visual art institutions.
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