Hallie Ringle of Harlem, New York selected to be Birmingham Museum of Art’s newest Hugh Kaul Curator for Contemporary Art; plans to begin work on November 1st

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Hallie Ringle, the Birmingham Museum of Art’s new Curator of Contemporary Art. Photo via the Birmingham Museum of Art


The Birmingham Museum of Art (BMA) has named Hallie Ringle the new Hugh Kaul Curator for Contemporary Art. Ringle will be coming to Birmingham from her current home of New York where she works in Harlem at the Studio Museum as an assistant curator. She will begin working at the BMA on November 1, 2018.

A Little Backstory

Ringle started her career at the Studio Museum as an intern when she was attending the University of Texas at Austin for grad school. Her focus was in contemporary African art, so the Studio Museum was an obvious choice, as it is one of the leading institutions in the world for showcasing work by artists of African descent. After graduation, she moved to New York and was hired as a curatorial assistant, which then led to her becoming the Senior Curatorial Assistant at the Studio Museum. In 2016, she became their Assistant Curator.

The Birmingham Museum of Art is excited to welcome on some new talent! Photo by the Birmingham Museum of Art

It’s Nice To Have You In Birmingham (Soon!)

Dr. Graham Boettcher, director at the BMA, is excited for Ringle to begin work in Birmingham. He states:

“As a highly regarded curator of contemporary art, Hallie brings with her an impressive record of groundbreaking exhibitions—working with both emerging and established artists—and a deep commitment to community engagement. With Hallie’s expertise and vision, I am confident that the BMA’s contemporary art program will continue to flourish, and I look forward to watching her make her mark on our institution and its collection, as she creates innovative and meaningful art experiences for our community. ”

“Ways of Seeing: An Exploration of Line” is one of the current exhibitions at the Birmingham Museum of Art. The image pictures is the work of Meritt Johnson for the exhibit. Photo via Birmingham Museum of Art

From the looks of it, Ringle is excited to join the team at BMA as well. See what she said below:

“I am delighted to join the BMA at an exciting time in a dynamic city when the museum is increasingly using contemporary art to help shape critical conversations happening locally and nationally. I am eager to work alongside their fantastic team to think strategically about ways we can further community dialogue, enhance the collection with important works by emerging and established artists, and tell even more stories through contemporary art.”

If you’ve been to the BMA, you know that sometimes the art just knocks you off your feet. Good thing they have benches! Photo via the Birmingham Museum of Art on Facebook

Birmingham Museum of Art Details:

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  • Sunday: noon – 5 pm
  • First Friday of each month: 10 am – 9 pm
  • Closed: Mondays and major holidays
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