John Cox Is New Chief Curator At NAGB
The National Art Gallery of the Bahamas (NAGB) has appointed John Cox as their new Chief Curator.
Cox, founder of Popopstudios International Center for the Visual Arts – an artists cooperative, is also an internationally recognized mixed-media artist and has extensive experience in all aspects of organising and curating art exhibitions. He has been a major part of the Bahamian art scene for the past 20 years and has played a significant role in redefining art in the Bahamas. Previously, he held a position as curator at the Bahamian National Art Gallery and also worked in Education at the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas. In addition he has taught in the Art Department at the College of the Bahamas for many years.
Cox received a BFA in Illustration in 1995 and went on to receive a Masters in Art Education from Rhode Island School of Design. He originally went to school as an architecture student and eventually found his niche in illustration. He began making art and organizing shows of his work at such universities as Cambridge, Brown and Harvard.
The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas recently announced a number of new appointments including new Director, Assistant Educational Officer, Curatorial Assistant and Curatorial Trainees. Amanda Coulson, the new director, hopes to guide the NAGB in an exciting direction – raising the institution’s international profile, elevating Bahamian art around the world and creating avenues for cultural tourism.
With Cox’s focus on The National Art Gallery, artist Heino Schmid will take a more defined role at Popopstudios as the Executive Director. Schmid, who co-founded Popopstudios with John Cox, has always been a vital member of the Popop community. He is also currently the curator at The Central Bank of the Bahamas.