Burlington City Arts

SEPTEMBER 26, 2016

BCA Hires Heather Ferrell as the New Curator and Director of Exhibitions

Media Contact: Llu Mulvaney-Stanak
Title: Communication Director, BCA
Phone: 802-865-5355
BCA Hires Heather Ferrell as the New Curator and Director of Exhibitions
Heather Ferrell, 
BCA's new Curator and Director of Exhibitions
Burlington, VT (September 28, 2016): Burlington City Arts is delighted to announce that Heather Ferrell will take over the position of Curator and Director of Exhibitions for the organization beginning on September 27, 2016.
Heather Ferrell brings more than 20 years of progressive curatorial, educational, and arts leadership experience working in art centers and museums. She is a passionate advocate for contemporary art in the community, and believes in the intrinsic role of art in the exchange of meaningful ideas and in nurturing a vibrant, engaged society.  
Ferrell remarked, "I am very excited to join the staff at Burlington City Arts, and share BCA's commitment to the vital role of contemporary art and artists in the community. I am eager to work with Vermont's artist community and begin defining a multi-year program of exhibitions and related activities for BCA that connect community with contemporary art in dynamic, thought-provoking ways."
Over the course of her career, Ferrell has curated or organized over 40 original exhibitions of contemporary and modern art including Extra-Ordinary: Works by Charles Gill, Pat Steir: Waterfall Paintings, A Changing Fabric: Hildur Bjarnadóttir, Nick Cave, Jessica Rankin, Jil Weinstock, Stephanie Wilde: Harmed,Suburban/Domestic: The Nature of Love and Family, and A Leader's Legacy: Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al Thani.  Ferrell's regional and international experience has been invaluable in developing her expertise as a creative curator and artistic collaborator who brings art and audiences together through dynamic exhibitions and programs.
"We are fortunate to have a candidate already here in Burlington with Heather's level of curatorial and leadership experience,said Doreen Kraft, BCA's Executive Director. "This position plays a valuable role not just within BCA, but throughout the entire community. Heather's curatorial and management background in similar art centers in small cities throughout the U.S. met BCA's needs perfectly at this time. There is no doubt in my mind that she will add an incredible resource to our arts community, and we can't wait to welcome her aboard."
Born in Boise, Idaho, and a graduate of Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, Ferrell has held curatorial and leadership positions at several art centers and museums. Most recently, she worked at Qatar Museums in Doha, Qatar, (2010-2016) serving as the Deputy Director of Programs and Exhibitions at the National Museum of Qatar and as a museum consultant for Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art. She previously led the exhibitions and public programs at the Salt Lake Art Center, Utah (2008-2009) and Salina Art Center, Kansas (2005-2008); and served as the associate curator of art, Boise Art Museum, Idaho (1999-2005). She is a graduate of the Getty Leadership Institute's Museum Leaders: The Next Generation (2004). Heather, her partner and their young daughter look forward to residing full-time in Burlington, where they have maintained their home for the past several years.


Ferrell replaces previous Curator and Exhibitions Director D.J. Hellerman.
Meet Heather at one or both of the two openings for Of Land and Local this Thursday, September 29, 5-8 p.m. at Shelburne Farms Coach Barn or Friday, October 7, 5-8 p.m. at the BCA Center.