Ren Society sculpts new leader

The contemporary arts venue is switching executive directors next June for the first time in four decades.

By Joy Crane

The Renaissance Society has appointed a new executive director, Solveig Øvstebø, to start in June 2013 after 40 years of Susanne Ghez’s leadership.

The appointment comes following Ghez’s announcement of her retirement this past May.

Born in Chicago and raised in Norway, Øvstebø is currently director of Bergen Kunsthall in Norway, an avant-garde institution of contemporary art of a similar budget size as the Renaissance Society.

Ghez, who has curated more than 150 exhibits and cultivated an international reputation for the Society, will step down in January, leaving Øvstebø to lead the museum’s centennial anniversary in 2015.

The Renaissance Society, a non-collecting museum of contemporary art, is located on the fourth floor of Cobb Hall.