Moore Announces New Gallery Director

For Immediate Release
June 21, 2011

(Philadelphia, PA) Moore College of Art & Design is pleased to announce Kaytie Johnson as the Rochelle F. Levy Director & Chief Curator of The Galleries at Moore. Johnson is former Director and Curator of University Galleries, Museums and Collections at DePauw University. She will begin her new position at Moore in late August.

“We are thrilled to have such an experienced professional join the staff at Moore to lead our galleries,” said Dr. Happy Craven Fernandez, President of Moore College of Art & Design. “We welcome Kaytie and look forward to the innovative and creative programming she will bring to the College.”

As Curator at DePauw University in Greencastle, IN, for the past nine years, Johnson curated exhibitions, oversaw educational and outreach programming and implemented student thesis exhibitions at both the Richard E. Peeler Art Center and the William Weston Clarke Emison Museum of Art at DePauw.

Through her leadership and passion for contemporary art and design, Johnson initiated the DePauw Biennial, a contemporary art show featuring work by artists from Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky. She also collaborated with Guillermo Gomez-Pena, a performance artist and writer in conjunction with the 2005 exhibit Borderabilia: The Museum of the Globalized Other.

After earning her BA in art history from Arizona State University (ASU), Johnson was director of 705 Madison Gallery in Seattle for seven years before returning to ASU for her master’s degree in art history. She was a teaching assistant in the Department of Art History and developed a student docent program at the ASU Art Museum, where she also assumed curatorial responsibilities. During her time at ASU, she focused on historical and modern Mexican art. Her focus shifted to contemporary art when she moved to the Phoenix Art Museum for the next four years, before arriving at DePauw University.

“I am excited by the prospect of joining the staff of the Galleries at Moore because, like myself, they are strongly committed to presenting and interpreting contemporary art and design to diverse audiences in compelling and provocative ways,” Johnson said.

Recent exhibitions at the Peeler Art Center at DePauw include Terence Hannum: New Rites; Andy Warhol: I Am a Camera; and Image Transfer: Pictures in a Remix Culture.

Over the past 14 years, Johnson has curated more than 50 exhibitions, presented papers and lectures, written articles for publication, received numerous awards and served on a variety of panels and juries.
Moore College of Art & Design educates students for inspiring careers in art and design. Founded in 1848, Moore is the nation's first and only women's art college. Moore's career-focused environment and professionally active faculty form a dynamic community in the heart of Philadelphia's cultural district. The College offers nine Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees for women. A coeducational Graduate Studies program was launched in summer, 2009. In addition, Moore provides many valuable opportunities in the arts through The Galleries at Moore, a Continuing Education Certificate program for adults, the 91-year-old acclaimed Youth Art Program for girls and boys grades 1-12, The Art Shop and the Sculpture Park. For more information about Moore, visit
Published on June 21st, 2011