Art Omi has named gallerist and co-founder of the New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) Zach Feuer as Director of The Fields Sculpture Park.
“Art Omi has been an asset to my community for many years. I’m honored to be able to continue the good work done by predecessors to advance the goals of Omi,” said Feuer. “Working on exhibitions and the expansion at The Fields at Art Omi is a dream job. This institution maintains a culture which I have envied for years—a program with international scope that remains extremely accessible for all. The number of people served by the various initiatives at Omi is constantly inspiring. I hope to be able to expand on the work done before me, and to help grow Art Omi’s reach and continue the high level of programing provided here.”
From 2000 to 2015, Feuer operated Zach Feuer Gallery in various locations in New York City, which was quickly established as a preeminent venue for emerging and mid-career artists. “He’s viewed as not only one of the leaders of the new generation but a man whose eye for art puts him among the top tier of gallerists overall,” said New Museum board member John Friedman in W. Artists represented by Zach Feuer Gallery include Dana Schutz, Nathalie Djurberg, Jon Rafman, Tal R, and Sister Corita Kent. In 2002, Feuer co-founded the New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA), a non-profit organization dedicated to the cultivation, support, and advancement of new voices in contemporary art. After relocating upstate in 2014, Feuer opened Retrospective Gallery in Hudson, New York presenting exhibitions by Joe Bradley, Jamian Juliano-Villani, and others. In 2015, Feuer transitioned away from gallery work to focus on teaching.
“We are thrilled to be working with Zach Feuer as our new Director of The Fields Sculpture Park,” said Art Omi Executive Director Ruth Adams. “Feuer’s visionary approach has established his place at the vanguard of art today. As Art Omi prepares for significant growth, we look forward to integrating Zach’s expansive vision into the Fields programming. Furthermore, Feuer is deeply invested in our local community, and shares Omi’s commitment to making challenging art accessible to all audiences.”
Feuer succeeds Bill Maynes, who from 2009 served as Director of The Fields. Under Maynes’ direction, Art Omi exhibited a rich array of internationally acclaimed artists, transforming Art Omi into a destination for contemporary art. Maynes will now serve as Director Emeritus at Art Omi, and Nicole Hayes will continue her work as Curator. The addition of Feuer coincides with a major expansion of the Benenson Center at Art Omi to serve growing demand in Art Omi’s arts education and exhibition programs. The addition will more than double gallery and exhibition space, provide state-of-the-art facilities for educational activities, and offer expanded indoor performance and reading spaces.
Situated in Ghent, New York and comprised of over one-hundred acres of farmland, wetlands and wooded areas, Art Omi: The Fields presents the works of internationally recognized artists including Alice Aycock, Olafur Eliasson, Liliana Porter, Alison Saar, David Shrigley, Tom Burr, Franz West, Stanley Whitney, and Erwin Wurm. Art Omi also offers residency programs for international artists, writers, translators, musicians, architects and dancers. Art Omi believes that exposure to internationally diverse creative voices fosters tolerance and respect, raises awareness, inspires innovation, and ignites change.