Friday, March 16, 2012

Amy Mackie Resigns as CAC Visual Arts Director

Amy Mackie has resigned from her position as Director of Visual Arts at the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC), New Orleans. Amy will manage the installation of NOLA NOW, Part II: Abstraction In Louisiana (1980 & 2012), which opens on April 5. Her last day on staff at the CAC will be Friday, March 30.

“Amy has done great work with the New Orleans visual arts community in her 14 months at the Center, including launching the NOLA NOW artist database. I look forward to following her bright curatorial career as it evolves,” says CAC Director Jay Weigel. "In the coming weeks, the CAC will announce plans for a search for a new Director of Visual Arts."

No official reason was given for her resignation, but Mackie cited philosophical differences in a recent conversation with Inside Art New Orleans. Whatever the cause, Mackie's abrupt departure following on the heels of the equally abrupt departure of her predecessor, Dan Cameron, can only underscore the very widely held impression that other agendas take precedence over the visual arts at the Contemporary Arts Center. ~Bookhardt