Seven years, and an important chapter at the helm of the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, Solveig Øvstebø will leave her position as executive director and chief curator. In a release issued on Monday evening, the Renaissance Society said that Øvstebø will step down in February 2020 and return with her family to Norway.
“The Renaissance Society’s ethos has always been to work closely with artists to help them create works in dialogue with our times, inviting them to lead our way,” Øvstebø said in a statement. “I am so proud and grateful to have contributed to this unique and esteemed legacy.”
“It has been a true honor to serve this institution and to work with such brilliant artists, inspiring colleagues, and devoted donors over these last seven years,” Øvstebø said in a statement. “In announcing my departure now, I wanted to ensure ample time for the transition as I continue working with the Ren’s amazing staff and supportive board. I will relish my final months and I greatly look forward to the next chapter for this extraordinary institution.”
Solveig Øvstebø joined the Renaissance Society as Executive Director and Chief Curator in 2013. She has since redoubled the institution’s commitment to the production of new works of art, commissioning projects by Mathias Poledna, Irena Haiduk, Peter Wächtler, and Jennifer Packer, among others.
Her departure marks a return to her home country, where she had previously served as the director of the Bergen Konsthall from 2003 and 2013. When Øvstebø’s appointment was announced, it was the first time the Renaissance Society had named a new director in 40 years.