Steven Evans To Helm Houston’s Fotofest Biennial

fotofest-steven-evansFotofest, the Houston-based biennial of photography, moving image art, and new media art, has hired Steven Evans to be its new executive director, a job he’ll take up in early February — just in time for this year’s edition of the biennial, running March 15-April 27, which will highlight the works of some 50 artists from the Middle East. Evans was most recently the interim director of the Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum in San Antonio and previously the executive director at the Linda Pace Foundation, also in San Antonio. He was also the managing director of Dia Beacon when it opened.

“Throughout the years, the Biennial remains true to its original spirit of discovery while continually embracing new ideas from around the world,” Evans said in a statement. “FotoFest’s commitment to Houston as well as regional and global programming is essential”

Evans will work alongside Fotofest co-founders Wendy Watriss and Frederick Baldwin as the institution heads toward its fourth decade in existence, helping to mount not only its biennial show but also its off-year exhibitions, education initiatives, and offerings for artists.

“As founders, Fred Baldwin and I have worked closely with all of FotoFest’s Board of Directors and staff for over three years to make a smooth and productive transition process for FotoFest. Many individuals, foundations, corporations and public agencies have made it possible for FotoFest to exist and expand over the past 28 years as an international organization in Houston,” Watriss said in a statement. “FotoFest is a trend-setting organization; it deserves to continue and grow. We strongly believe that Steven Evans will accomplish this.”

Mary Heathcott will be the new executive director at Blue Star Contemporary.

— Benjamin Sutton (@bhsutton)

(Photo by Al Rendon.)