Plug In’s artistic director is pulling the plug.
The Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art’s board of directors announced Thursday that Anthony Kiendl, the city gallery’s executive/artistic director for the past seven years, will be leaving his post next month to take a position as CEO of the MacKenzie Art Gallery in Regina.
Kiendl’s last day at Plug In is Sept. 30.
During his tenure at Plug In, Kiendl led a $4-million fundraising campaign and oversaw a multi-phased transformation that included the construction of and relocation to a new home, a $15-million arts and education centre launched in partnership with the University of Winnipeg.
It a released statement, Kiendl said, "I have learned so much at Plug In; this has definitely been a career high point for me. To be able to accomplish this in my hometown makes it all the more meaningful... I am grateful to have had this opportunity."
Before assuming his new post at the MacKenzie Art Gallery next May, Kiendl will travel to New York, where he will spend several months pursuing research and educational opportunities, including participation in an art criticism and writing course directed by David Levi Strauss as part of the School of Visual Arts’ master of fine arts program.
Plug In’s director of development, Heather Laser, will assume the role of acting director until Plug In’s board decides on the institute’s future management plan.