ACAC Selects Julie Delliquanti as Its New Director

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Julie Delliquanti. (Photo: Jack McKinney)
Julie Delliquanti. (Photo: Jack McKinney)

The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center has announced Julie Delliquanti as its new executive director. The news comes one week after the departure of former artistic director Stuart Horodner, who is now director at the Art Museum of the University of Kentucky in Lexington.


Currently the curator of art|DBF at the Decatur Book Festival, she will assume her new post on July 14. She was previously head of public programs & community engagement at the High Museum of Art, and has held positions at the Orange County Museum of Art, the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts; and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

The ACAC has returned to a more typical management structure, with a director overseeing fundraising, administration, and business operations, and a curator to be in charge of exhibitions and programming. She steps into the leadership role as the ACAC embarks on a major capitalization plan with a $200,000 grant from the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund. Among Delliquanti’s first tasks will be to hire a curator.

In the press statement, she says, “It is an incredible opportunity and privilege to be selected to lead Atlanta Contemporary Art Center—an organization I consider to be one of the city’s most important cultural assets, and one that has actively supported contemporary expression for more than 40 years. I look forward to deepening connections with artists, patrons, and audiences and continuing to strengthen the Center’s commitment to high quality exhibitions and its reputation as a leader for bold ideas and experimentation.”

Delliquanti received her BA in art education from California State University Long Beach and an MS in arts administration from Boston University.

ACAC board president Tim Schrager says that the nine-person committee search committee vetted applicants from across the country. “We feel fortunate that our top candidate has actually been living right here in Atlanta for the past seven years, but comes to us with worldly experiences.”

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