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Paul Ha To Direct MIT's List Visual Arts Center

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s List Visual Arts Center has a new director. Paul Ha of the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis is set to start the job in Cambridge Dec. 1.

The List Visual Arts Center is MIT's on-campus contemporary art museum.

Philip S. Khoury, MIT's associate provost and the overseer of the List, praised Ha's experience.

“In Paul, the List is gaining a well-respected and proven arts leader who has earned the admiration of his staff, the communities in which he has lived and worked, as well as the international arts community," Khoury said in a statement Monday. "We are excited that he is joining MIT and look forward to collaborating on ways to further solidify the List’s standing among students, faculty, staff, alumni, visitors and contemporary visual arts institutions in the Boston area, which are playing an increasingly prominent role, nationally and internationally.”

Ha has been director at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (CAM) since 2002. He lead the institution through the construction and opening of its newly expanded facility.

“It is an incredible privilege to be selected to lead the List Center,” Ha said in a statement. “What excites me about the List is that the arts at MIT are rooted in experimentation, and the List excels at that mandate. My goal is to try to build on the List’s strong reputation while also expanding its role in the lives of students and the greater MIT community.”

This program aired on September 12, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.

Andrea Shea Twitter Senior Arts Reporter
Andrea Shea is WBUR's arts reporter.

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