Less than a year since assuming her position as executive director of the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Julie Delliquanti is stepping down. Her last day is July 4.
The board has appointed Veronica Kessenich, who joined the ACAC staff two years ago as development director, to replace her.
“I am tremendously thrilled to lead Atlanta Contemporary during this exciting growth period and implement our initiative to become an admission-free institution,” Kessenich says. “Having worked in the arts for over 12 years as a gallerist, educator and non-profit professional, I am emboldened by the future of arts organizations in Atlanta.
“I look forward to championing our peer arts organizations to propel forward momentum by increasing engagement with contemporary arts, specifically through offering free admission programs to new and existing audiences. I’m excited to work with staff and present Atlanta Contemporary to a wider community thus ensuring we remain a robust and meaningful contemporary art center today, tomorrow and into the future.”
“Julie did a great job of whipping the place into shape,” says board chair Tim Schrager. Much of the past year has been spent planning for becoming a free-admission institution September 1, and “Delliquanti has been instrumental in planning the new branding, advertising, and information technology that will all accompany this major change in the way Atlanta Contemporary functions.”
Among other accomplishments, Delliquanti engineered the transfer of the institution’s archives to Emory University’s Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (MARBL).
“Now we must focus on changing the way we fund-raise,” he said.
After a series of discussions, both Delliquanti and the board felt that she was no longer the best fit for the organization. July 4 is her last day.
In appointing Veronica Kessenich to replace her, Schrager said, “We are taking our best fundraiser and putting her in charge.
“She has a lot of business experience and development savvy. She’s learned a lot in the last two years. She was interim director before Julie arrived and she was fabulous. She’s more than capable to do the job.”