Atlanta artist and MINT Gallery director Henry Detweiler has been named interim director of Institute 193 in Lexington, Kentucky. He will assume his new post on June 9 and remain through September, with the possibility of an extension.
MINT has hired Candice Greathouse, an MFA candidate at Georgia State University, to be interim operations manager for the summer.
Detweiler, who received his BFA in 2012 from Georgia State University, is perhaps best known for a weeklong live-in performance with Ben Coleman for the Dashboard Co-op show “No Vacancy.” The two lived in and transformed a vacant downtown building at 91 Broad Street (now occupied by Mammal Gallery) into a walk-in art installation and performance venue.
Institute 193 is a nonprofit exhibition and performance space founded in 2009 by Phillip March Jones. While the two galleries are similar in their missions to show emerging artists from the Southeast, Detweiler sees MINT as an experimental, project-based gallery whereas Institute 193 serves to document the work of individual artists through exhibitions and performances, and the publication of books and albums.
In fact, Institute 193 has just released its first catalogue documenting its activities to date. Authored by March Jones and Chase Martin, with an essay by Lilly Lampe, the 159-page volume features full-color plates of works by 19 artists who have shown there, including Guy Mendes, Lina Tharsing, Albert Moser, and Tommy Taylor. It’s a well-produced catalogue (largely funded by a grant from the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation). It goes to show that galleries don’t need to have deep pockets to produce quality work, or a big footprint to leave a lasting impression.