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Dr. Tal Ben Zvi, curator and researcher of Israeli and Palestinian art and head of the School of Arts at Kibbutzim College, has been named the new vice president of Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design Jerusalem by the Bezalel search committee. Ben Zvi, who will begin her position in October 2012, will replace Prof. Yaara Bar-On, who has served in the role for the past eight years. The appointment was approved by the Senate and the Board of Directors of Bezalel.

Dr. Tal Ben Zvi is a cultural researcher and curator of contemporary art and is currently completing her position as head of the School of Arts at Kibbutzim College of Education in Tel Aviv. She is also engaged in research on contemporary art in the multi-ethnic port cities of Acre and Haifa, and this is a continuation of her post-doctoral research at the Truman Institute of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, which deals with contemporary art in Jaffa.

Ben Zvi received a B.A. in Art History and Fine Arts from Haifa University, completed the Criticism and Curatorship program at the Camera Obscura School of Art in Tel Aviv, received her M.A and Ph.D. from the Faculty of the Arts of Tel Aviv University, and has participated for several years in research groups of the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute.

Alongside her academic research, Ben Zvi is a curator of contemporary art and has curated numerous solo and group exhibitions in Israel’s major museums and alternative exhibition spaces. She managed two contemporary art galleries (Heinrich Boll Foundation in Tel Aviv and the Hagar Art Gallery in Jaffa) and has presented her work in a large number of locations in Europe and the United States as part of exhibitions, art events and academic conferences.

For this activity, she received the “Curator Prize” from Israel’s Ministry of Culture. The committee, when granting the award wrote: “Tal Ben Zvi has been known for the past decade as an outstanding curator and researcher of Israeli and Palestinian art. The disciplines with which she engages are anchored in those strata of society or populations that have not taken a central place in the hegemonic Israeli art.”

During these years, she has written a great number of exhibition catalogs and major texts which represent a significant body of knowledge in visual culture in general and in contemporary art in particular.

She also has a record of longstanding public activity in the central arts committees in Israel. She is a member of the Department of Plastic Arts of the Israel Council for Culture and the Arts of the Ministry of Culture, Science and Sport; a representative of the department in the committees: "Venice Biennale," "The Artist in the Community", "Artist-Teacher," "Curator Award" and more; a consultant to the Contemporary Art Projects Committee of the Municipality of Tel Aviv and the Yehoshua Rabinovich Foundation for the Arts; and a member of the Public Arts Committee of the national cultural basket.

Dr. Tal Ben Zvi will replace Prof. Yaara Bar-On, an historian and cultural researcher, who has served as vice president for Academic Affairs for the past eight years and who will leave her position in October 2012.

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