Maria Arusoo was appointed as Director of CCA

Center for Contemporary, Estonia (CCA) is pleased to announce that Maria Arusoo has been appointed as a new director of the Center.

The Board of the CCA, consisting of Sirje Helme (chair of the board), Rael Artel, Katrin Kivimaa, Andres Kurg, Kaido Ole selected Maria Arusoo from amongst three applicants for next five years.

Maria Arusoo is a graduate from the BA-program in painting at Tartu University and received her MA in Contemporary Art Theory at Goldsmiths, University of London. She has also studied for short-term, or taking special courses, in the art academies in Tallinn, Berlin, Stockholm and Oslo. Arusoo started her curatorial work with a Berlin artist-run gallery project in 2005-2006. In 2007, she moved to London, where she worked in Martin Creed's studio as an assistant for three years. She has worked as a freelance artist and curator, and has organized a number of exhibtions and conferences in Tallinn and London. Currently, she is also a visiting lecturer at the Estonian Academy of Arts. She has published art criticism in most leading newspapers and cultural publications in Estonia, and has collaborated with Estonian National Broadcasting.

Her international debut as a curator of Continuum_the Perception Zone in 2011 in Tallinn Art Hall won a prize of the Estonian Cultural Endowment. Since 2012, Arusoo worked as curator and executive manager of the Center for Contemporary Arts, Estonia and in spring 2013 she was appointed as a commissioner of Estonian Pavilion at Venice Biennale 2013. She is a member of jury boards of Henkel Art Award and Sadolin Art Prize.

Center for Contemporary Arts, Estonia is a leading institution specialised on developing, representing and promoting Estonian contemporary art both locally and internationally since 1993.