Curator of Photography
New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM, USA
Katherine Ware is Curator of Photography at the New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe. The museum serves as the state art collection and is located on Santa Fe’s historic plaza. While exhibitions and acquisitions often reflect a state or regional focus, the curators are interested in contextualizing New Mexico art broadly and in exploring a variety of issues that are relevant to the state and its residents (landscape, identity, cultural crossroads, etc.). The museum most frequently exhibits photographs in group or subject-driven exhibitions, as well as in conjunction with work in other mediums.
Exhibition spaces include the Roland Gallery (holds about twenty-five works) and the New Wing Gallery (for major exhibitions). Ms. Ware previously served as Curator of Photographs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, as Assistant Curator in the Department of Photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum, and has worked with the photography collection at the Oakland Museum of California. She is a frequent juror and reviewer of contemporary photographs and has written essays and books on the art of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
Ms. Ware has a particular interest in well-crafted, thoughtful work that pushes the boundaries of the medium. She is most engaged by work that, in additional to being well-made and visually compelling, expresses an idea and displays the artist’s personal style. She is less interested in work that emphasizes the medium’s descriptive aspect.