After more than 14 years on the staff of DiverseWorks, Co-Executive Director/Visual Arts Curator Diane Barber is leaving to pursue independent projects, according to a release. With her departure, the other co-executive director (and performing arts curator), Sixto Wagan, has been appointed to the position of artistic director and DiverseWorks board member and Houston artist William Betts will become interim co-executive director. Wagan and Betts begin their new jobs effective today. Barber will depart on September 30.
"I've worked with Diane for over a decade," Wagan told Art Attack. "She's been a great colleague and she's always going to do interesting work."
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Barber, who has curated more than 60 projects for DiverseWorks, will still occasionally work with the art space, including the upcoming "State Fair" exhibit that opens September 9.
"It's exciting, there's a lot of change happening," Wagan said. "I think it is a great thing to continue be working with artists who are not defined by a single area or medium."