Johanna Burton has been chosen to succeed Sherri Geldin

Johanna Burton will become the new director of the Wexner Center for the Arts in March 2019. She will replace longtime director Sherri Geldin.

Since 2013, Burton has been Keith Haring director and curator of education and public engagement at the New Museum in New York, and she is also series editor for the museum’s Critical Anthologies in Art and Culture. She was chosen by a 16-person committee, of which Abigail Wexner is the center trustee and co-chair.

“Johanna is the perfect leader—intelligent, inquisitive, collaborative, and ambitious,” said Abigail Wexner in the press release. “We couldn’t be more thrilled that she will guide the arts center into the future, while building on the superb work of Sherri Geldin and the talented staff.”

Burton’s previous roles include director of the graduate program at Bard College’s Center for Curatorial Studies and associate director and senior faculty member at the Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Program. Burton’s curatorial projects focus on artists and movements that challenge conventions.

Of her new position, Burton said in a press release, “The Wexner Center is one of this country’s most venerable contemporary art institutions, noted for its trailblazing spirit, dedication to pushing boundaries, and engagement with leading and emerging artists alike to create new work.”

Burton will be in charge of a 70-person staff and a $12 million budget at the Wexner Center.