Fiona Kearney has been the inaugural Director of the Lewis Glucksman Gallery at University College, Cork (UCC) since 2003. Fiona began her curatorial career as Programme Co-ordinator at the National Sculpture Factory, Cork and went on to direct the visual arts programme of Triskel Arts Centre. She was appointed as visual arts officer at UCC in 1999 and was part of the design team for the Lewis Glucksman Gallery. She is a graduate in French and Philosophy from UCC, and holds an M.Phil in Text and Image studies from Trinity College, Dublin.
Fiona has received several awards including the designation of college scholar by UCC, the NUI Prix d'Honneur from the French Government, a UCC President’s for Research on Innovative Forms of Teaching, and a Fulbright Scholarship. In June 2006, she was awarded the Jerome Hynes Fellowship by the Arts Council. From 1996-2001, she was Lecturer in Philosophy of Art at the Crawford College of Art and Design. From 1999-2001, she was involved in setting up History of Art as an academic discipline at UCC and currently guest lectures on 19th Century, Modern and Contemporary Art. In July 2008, she was the Irish commissioner for the European Night at the Rencontres d’Arles International Photography Festival. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, a member of AICA (International Association Art Critics) and IKT (International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art).
Date of appointment: 16 December 2008
Length of tenure: 5 years