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Honolulu Museum of Art’s deputy director heading to Seattle


    Theresa Papanikolas

The Honolulu Museum of Art announced today the departure of Theresa Papanikolas, deputy director of arts and programs, effective Nov. 8, 2018.

Papanikolas, who has expertise in 19th- and 20th-century art, is starting a new position as the Ann M. Barwick Curator of American Art at the Seattle Art Museum in January.

“Theresa has been a creative curator and an active member of HoMA’s management team,” said HoMA director Sean O’Harrow in a news release. “She has led an innovative exhibition program, added greatly to our permanent collection, and successfully transformed both curatorial and education departments into a cohesive unit that better serves our public. We thank her profusely for her decade-long tenure.”

Papanikolas joined the museum in 2008 as curator of European and American Art, and brought some major exhibition projects that included “From Whistler to Warhol: Modernism on Paper” (2010), “Georgia O’Keeffe and Ansel Adams: The Hawai‘i Pictures” (2013), “Art Deco Hawai‘i” (2014), and “Abstract Expressionism: Looking East from the Far West” (2017).

Earlier this year, she collaborated with the New York Botanical Garden on “Georgia O’Keeffe: Visions of Hawai‘i.”

“The past 10 years at HoMA have been a unique and rewarding challenge in all the best ways,” said Papanikolas in a statement. “Not only have I had the opportunity to craft a program that has raised the museum’s profile in the fields of European and American art, but I have also been able to do so through a period of profound transformation. Over the years, I have watched HoMA go from being a municipal art museum with an incredible collection to becoming one of the leading cultural institutions in the Pacific Rim. The museum is truly on an exciting trajectory, and I enthusiastically await what’s next.”

HoMA said its management is currently examining its best options for restructuring responsibilities within the Art and Programs department.

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