BERKELEY, CA.- The University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
announces the appointment of Aimee Chang as Director of Engagement. The newly created position brings the communications, education, and membership departments together to foster meaningful and transformative experiences for visitors at an institution that celebrates art, film, and cultural discourse.
We are ecstatic to welcome Aimee to the BAM/PFA team. Her groundbreaking work in a diverse range of education, communications, and curatorial roles at some of the finest museums in the country makes her uniquely qualified for this new and innovative role, said Lawrence Rinder, director of BAM/PFA. As Director of Engagement, Aimee will provide visionary and strategic leadership in the development of interactive and creative approaches to audience engagement in our galleries, at the PFA Theater, and also online.
Chang comes to Berkeley from the Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas at Austin, where she served as Manager of Public Programs and conceived and directed a diverse schedule of public programs, including lectures, conversations, hands-on workshops, music series, film series, and exhibition-related events. During her tenure, she increased the profile of public programs through community and university partnerships, new marketing efforts, and original programs such as SoundSpace, a yearlong project with a Ph.D. student at the University of Texas at Austins Butler School of Music who created experimental music programs throughout the galleries. Her other initiatives included the Blantons extended hours program, Third Thursdays, which features artists talks, screenings, performances, and other programs; and Perspectives, a series that invites a range of educators, artists, and others to offer insight into exhibitions
Prior to her post at the Blanton Museum of Art, Chang served as the Director of Academic and Residency Programs at the Hammer Museum, University of California, Los Angeles, where she led an Irvine Arts Innovation Fund project to integrate artists throughout the museum; spearheaded the museums Artist Council, an advisory board of artists tasked with reimagining the role of the museum; directed an artist residency program focused on engaging artists with the larger Los Angeles communities and UCLA; and strengthened the museums ties to the UCLA community.
Chang also has extensive curatorial experience, having served as Curator of Contemporary Art at the Orange County Museum of Art. Many of her exhibitions stemmed from her particular interest in artists who engage with communities, such as Kutlug Atamans Southern California-based project, Paradise, and she has written about Transforma, the artist-led project that catalyzed creative responses to Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans from 2005-2010.