Victoria Camblin, editor and artistic director of ART PAPERS for the past five years, has resigned from her position and is to be succeeded by Zuckerman Museum of Art curator Sarah Higgins, who will act as interim editor throughout March while a search is under way. She will continue in her curatorial role at the ZMA.
Camblin has returned to Berlin to pursue a job opportunity. She will remain in an advisory role at ART PAPERS, which is establishing an advisory council.
Earlier this year, ART PAPERS received a grant for strategic planning from the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta. “We have decided to use the strategic planning period to dream big, explore new models, and to identify the editorial and artistic leadership that best fits the organization moving forward,” stated William Muller, president of the ART PAPERS Board.
During Camblin’s tenure, the magazine went from a monthly to a quarterly publication and recently redesigned its website to have more of an online presence. For ART PAPERS live programming, she brought prominent figures to Atlanta such as Derrick Adams, Emory Douglas, Wafaa Bilal, and Roe Ethridge.
“Victoria was adept at connecting Atlanta, its artists, cultural institutions, and thought leaders to conversations happening on a global scale,” said ART PAPERS executive director Saskia Benjamin. “She fostered the careers of young artists and writers, often taking chances on content that would not or could not be published elsewhere.”
Camblin had already planned the upcoming summer issue of ART PAPERS with guest editor Carson Chan, an architecture writer and curator, and Higgins will carry out the plans that are in place for similarly themed issues this year. Higgins’s first issue “will be about border cities, and an exploration of our notion of border and constructed boundaries,” she explained, noting that it intersects nicely with an exhibition she is working on for the ZMA next year. “Borders both geographically and as a place where we establish difference, but also the place where we touch.”
“ART PAPERS was the first art magazine I ever bought,” says Higgins, who purchased a copy in 1997 as she was deciding to pursue art professionally. She holds a BFA in printmaking and sculpture from the Atlanta College of Art and a master’s in curatorial studies from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College.
Higgins is also guest-editing the next issue of Number magazine, with the theme “Seeing Red.” A call for pitches is open through June 20 [more info here].