Olga Viso is a fellow in residence at The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. She is also the senior advisor for global partnerships in the arts at Arizona State University's Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. At ASU she is part of a leadership team developing an unprecedented partnership with visual artist James Turrell's Skystone Foundation to complete the monumental earth work Roden Crater located in Northern Arizona. The project seeks to develop an interdisciplinary academic enterprise with the art work at the center and bring this singular art work to a broader public. At ASU she also collaborates with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on an initiative to offer professional development for emerging museum curators of color.
Previously, Ms. Viso was executive director of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota for ten years, where she greatly expanded the range of modern and contemporary art and artists represented in the institution. She oversaw the expansion and renovation of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, adding some 20 new sculptures to the campus. Additionally, she led an array of innovative interdisciplinary initiatives at the Walker including the acquisition of the Merce Cunningham Dance Archive for the contemporary multidisciplinary art center's collection.
Ms. Viso has also held directorial and curatorial positions at the Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Norton Museum of Art, and the High Museum of Art. As a scholar of contemporary and Latin American Art, she has organized numerous solo and group exhibitions that have toured internationally, including major solo projects with Robert Gober, the Guerrilla Girls, Jim Hodges, Lee Kit, Guillermo Kuitca, Ana Mendieta, and Juan Muñoz.
Ms. Viso received her undergraduate degree from Rollins College and an MA in the history of art from Emory University. In 2013, she was appointed by President Obama to the National Council on the Arts. She has served on the Boards of the Association of Art Museum Directors and the Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. As an independent curator and nonprofit arts consultant, Ms. Viso advises artists, museums, foundations, and academic institutions on an array of strategic concerns and initiatives.