Brian Wallace was appointed the Bryn Mawr College Curator and Academic Liaison for Art and Artifacts in December. Wallace is charged with developing the use and interpretation of the College’s Art and Artifact Collections.
Prior to arriving at Bryn Mawr, Wallace was curator at the Dorsky Museum at SUNY New Paltz from 2006 to 2011, where he oversaw exhibitions, publications, artist residencies, public art projects, commissions, and collaborations.
Selected exhibitions included The Upstate Olympics: Tim Davis; Thick and Thin: Ken Landauer and Julianne Swartz; From Huguenot to Microwave: Marco Maggi; Carrying/Pistol Packing Pupils; Binary Visions: 19th Century Woven Coverlets from the collection of Historic Huguenot Street; analog catalog: Investigating the Permanent Collection; and Carolee Schneemann: Within and Beyond the Premises. Wallace also contributed to the development of museum and campus policies and engaged in outreach to other institutions in the New Paltz area. In addition, he developed and taught courses on museum and curatorial theory and practice.
From 2003 to 2006 Wallace was director of exhibitions at the Paley and Levy Galleries at Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia, where he organized a range of international and local artist commissions and exhibitions including Artur Barrio: Actions After Actions, Elena Fajt: Hairsense, and Philadelphia Selections 7. Wallace was curator at the Seattle, Wash.-area Bellevue Art Museum from 1997 to 2002, participating in the development of a new Steven Holl-designed museum and organizing over 30 solo and group exhibitions, artist residencies, and hybrid historical/contemporary and exhibition/education projects. At The Computer Museum, Boston, from 1989 to 1994, he managed a permanent collection of important artifacts and ephemera and instituted a program in contemporary digital art.
Wallace earned a B.A. from Ithaca College and an M.A. at Bard College’s Center for Curatorial Studies; he has served on the College Art Association’s Museum Committee and has been a panelist for local, regional, national, and international agencies and organizations.