About the Walker Art Visual Arts Department
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Visitors take in the exhibition for Lee Kit: Hold your breath, dance slowly, 2016

The Visual Arts department is primarily responsible for the presentation of exhibitions—a cornerstone of the Walker’s arts programming—as well as engagement with visual artists and the stewardship of the Walker’s collections. These activities, interwoven in a way that makes each stronger, reinforce the institution’s goals to present and acquire the strongest work by today’s most compelling artists, to make art accessible to audiences, to offer support to emerging artists, and to contribute to scholarship in the fields of art and cultural history.

The exhibition program is a mix of contemporary, historical, monographic, group, and thematic exhibitions. To date, dozens of artists have had their first major museum exposure in Walker exhibitions, among them Joseph Cornell, Frank Gehry, Goshka Macuga, Julie Mehretu, Mario Merz, Bruce Nauman, Kara Walker, and Haegue Yang.

With a strong international focus and a commitment to diverse, interdisciplinary practices, the Visual Arts program has remained true to the Walker’s institutional mission: to serve as a catalyst for the creative expression of artists and the active engagement of audiences.

  • Lena Menefee-Cook, Department Coordinator, Visual Arts
  • Siri Engberg, Senior Curator and Director of Visual Arts
  • Rosario Güiraldes, Curator, Visual Arts
  • William Hernández Luege, Curatorial Assistant, Visual Arts
  • Henriette Huldisch, Chief Curator and Director of Curatorial Affairs
  • Taylor Jasper, Assistant Curator
  • Erin McNeil, Program Manager, Curatorial Affairs
  • Pavel Pyś, Curator of Visual Arts and Collection Strategy/em>

The Visual Arts department offers one 24-month curatorial fellowship that begins in summer or fall of odd years. The Curatorial Fellowship in the Arts supports the Walker’s goal to encourage greater diversity within the museum field by providing professional growth and development to beginning scholars. Candidates must have a master’s degree in art history or a related field or have significant experience in the field. In striving for a more inclusive and diverse team, people of color, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may contribute to further diversification of ideas and knowledge are strongly encouraged to apply.

Notice of each year’s openings and application requirements is posted on our Jobs website, typically in January, with applications due in April.

For information about how to bring a Walker Art Center–organized exhibition to your museum, please contact Erin McNeil at 612.375.7678.

We are grateful for offers of gifts and potential purchases, as these are important avenues for the growth of the collections. While we would like to accept every artwork offered to us, limited space for storage and display means that both gifts and purchases undergo rigorous review to determine whether they are appropriate additions to the collection. Please send any offers by mail to the attention of Erin McNeil. Include as much information about the artwork as possible as well as a photograph (digital or film). Please note: materials will not be returned.

The Walker Art Center, in compliance with AAM mandates, conducts regular provenance research on European paintings within its permanent collection to address the longstanding issue of artwork confiscation by the Nazi regime.

For a full list of all Walker exhibitions, please see our Exhibition Chronology.