Catharina Manchanda Hired as Seattle Art Museum’s New Curator for Modern and Contemporary Art

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SEATTLE, WA.- Catharina Manchanda, former Senior Curator of Exhibitions at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio, will join the Seattle Art Museum (SAM) as the Jon and Mary Shirley Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, announced Charlie Wright, Chairman of SAM’s Board of Trustees. Manchanda will begin her tenure at SAM on August 17, 2011. Manchanda will oversee the museum’s modern and contemporary artistic program and collection at each of its three sites: SAM Downtown, Seattle Asian Art Museum, and the Olympic Sculpture Park. Along with Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Marisa Sánchez, Manchanda will also work closely with collectors and artists. ”We are thrilled to welcome Catharina to the SAM team,” said Wright. “She is a well-recognized expert in the field of modern and contemporary art and we were very impressed with her prior curatorial experience. It is a