About the NEA

Olga Viso

Minneapolis, MN

Viso is the senior advisor on global partnerships in the arts at Arizona State University. She is currently collaborating with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to offer professional development for emerging museum curators of color. Prior to her tenure at ASU, Viso served as the executive director of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, which ranks among the five most-visited modern/contemporary art museums in the United States. Viso has also held positions at the Smithsonian Institution's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, starting as assistant curator and becoming director in 2005. Viso was a curator at the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Florida, from 1993 to 1995, and held several curatorial and administrative positions at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia, from 1989 to 1993. She currently serves on the Senate Curatorial Advisory Board, and from 2003 to 2006, she served on the Federal Advisory Committee on International Exhibitions. Viso received a BA from Rollins College and an MA from Emory University.