Wattis Institute CCA appoints new director and chief curator

Photo: Makenzie Goodman

Daisy Nam has been appointed director and chief curator of the California College of the Arts’ Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts.

Nam comes from Ballroom Marfa, where she has been director since 2022 and curated exhibitions such as Guadalupe Maravilla: Mariposa Relámpago (2023), Tongues of Fire (2023), and Kenneth Tam: Tender is the hand which holds the stone of memory (2022). Previously Nam was also Assistant Director at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University and Assistant Director of Public Programs at the School of the Arts, Columbia University.

‘I am excited to join the California College of the Arts community and to lead the Wattis Institute, a cornerstone in the contemporary art world’, Nam said in a statement. ‘The Wattis has a remarkable history of presenting thoughtful and compelling work and nurturing artistic talent, with a presence in the field that reaches beyond its Bay Area location. I look forward to building on this legacy, and to be the first director working in the Wattis’s new exhibition spaces that are at the heart of the teaching and art-making community.’

Nam will start on 1 April and oversee the opening of the Wattis’s new gallery.

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