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Maine museum names new associate curator of contemporary art

Jaime DeSimone. Portland Museum of Art image

PORTLAND, Maine – The Portland Museum of Art has hired Jaime DeSimone as Associate Curator of Contemporary Art. DeSimone began her new role at the PMA on July 16.

DeSimone joins the PMA from the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville (Fla.), where she helped grow the permanent collection and curated the Project Atrium series as well as featured exhibitions, including a 2018 exhibition with deep Maine ties, A Dark Place of Dreams: Louise Nevelson with Chakaia Booker, Lauren Fensterstock and Kate Gilmore.

“It is an honor to join the PMA’s curatorial team and play a role in shaping the cultural fabric of the community,” DeSimone said. “I am very excited to return to Maine, where my passion for art history blossomed, and build upon the existing successes of PMA’s contemporary art program.”

Prior to MOCA Jacksonville, DeSimone served as Exhibitions Project Manager at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts. From 2005 to 2012, DeSimone was the assistant curator at the Addison Gallery of American Art in Andover, Massachusetts. She holds a master’s degree in American contemporary art from American University (2005) and a bachelor’s degree in art history from Bates College (2001).

At the PMA, DeSimone will oversee the contemporary art holdings in the PMA collection, including new acquisitions, and develop original exhibitions. Among her initial responsibilities at the PMA will be overseeing Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago, a major exhibition organized by the Museum of Latin American Art in Los Angeles, which will be on view at the PMA from Feb. 1, 2019, through May 5, 2019.