The Board of Directors and Founders of FotoFest announced the appointment of Steven Evans as the organizations new executive director. Mr. Evans will assume his new post in early February 2014. Previously he served as Executive Director of the Linda Pace Foundation in San Antonio and as Managing Director of Dia Beacon, the museum of Dia Art Foundations extensive collection in the Hudson Valley, New York.
Mr. Evans will lead FotoFest into its fourth decade of producing its renowned Biennial of Photography and Photo-related art, inter-Biennial exhibition projects, art programs for artists and the general public, and FotoFests popular in-school student education program. He will build on FotoFests commitments to create professional opportunities for artists around the globe and expand the development of new learning skills with students.
He will work closely with FotoFest founders Wendy Watriss and Frederick Baldwin and the FotoFest Board of Directors to strategically position FotoFests programs and organization for the future.
As founders, Fred Baldwin and I have worked closely with all of FotoFests Board of Directors and staff for over three years to make a smooth and productive transition process for FotoFest. Many individuals, foundations, corporations and public agencies have made it possible for FotoFest to exist and expand over the past 28 years as an international organization in Houston, says co-founder Wendy Watriss. FotoFest is a trend-setting organization; it deserves to continue and grow. We strongly believe that Steven Evans will accomplish this.
FotoFest Board President Greg Spier commented, Since its inception in 1986, FotoFest has earned a reputation as a leading venue for the presentation and discussion of photography, serving as a platform for new art and new ideas. Steven Evans has a track record of stimulating high quality programming and effective strategic thinking. He has worked with a dynamic range of international artists, writers and curators. In addition to curatorial vision and leadership, he brings considerable expertise in organizational development. I am delighted that Steven will be joining us and am certain that he will build on the tremendous success that Wendy and Fred have achieved.
Regarding his appointment, Evans stated, I am thrilled to be joining FotoFest. I am inspired by its exciting history, broad reach, and longstanding dedication to bringing new work to light. Throughout the years, the Biennial remains true to its original spirit of discovery while continually embracing new ideas from around the world.
FotoFests commitment to Houston as well as regional and global programming is essential. I am especially eager to work with founders Fred Baldwin and Wendy Watriss, the Board of Directors and staff to build on FotoFests history of fostering the best in photography and related media while advancing meaningful public engagement. Connecting with the FotoFests collaborators and continuing the vibrant programs and partnerships is also a priority.
FotoFest founders will continue to guide the 2014 Biennial on contemporary Arab photography and media-related art. They will continue to work on special projects and international initiatives with Steven Evans.
More information on FotoFest and the FotoFest 2014 Biennial may be found on the FotoFest website at www.fotofest.org
Born in Key West, Florida, Evans studied photography at the Atlanta College of Art in Atlanta, Georgia, graduating with a B.F.A. in 1987. He earned his M.F.A from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 1989. He began his organizational career at Dia Art Foundation in 1990 in visitor services; became Operations Deputy in 1993, and in 2000 began work on the Dia Beacon project, eventually becoming Managing Director. At Linda Pace Foundation, Evans worked in philanthropy, planning, and programming, organizing projects with artists Isaac Julien and Shazia Sikander, while commissioning a photographic project from Adam Schrieber and initiating a video commission from artist duo Hubbard / Birchler.
Following his work at the Linda Pace Foundation, Evans was interim director for San Antonios Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum. Most recently, he organized an exhibition of photographic work by the artist Chris Sauter. He has served as a panelist for the National Endowment of Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, and the Dutchess County Arts Council. Throughout his career, Evans has worked successfully with arts organizations, artists, and civic associations. In addition, Evans is an artist who works in a range of media, including photography, and has participated in solo and group exhibitions in New York City, Los Angeles, Paris, Berlin and elsewhere.