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Gordon Knox

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Area: Museum
Category: Director
Title: Director
Office: FAC32
Phone: 480.965.6993
Fax: 480.965.5254
E-mail: gordon.knox@asu.edu
Web Page: http://asuartmuseum.asu.edu

Gordon Knox is the director of the Arizona State University Art Museum. Previously Knox led Global Initiatives at the Stanford Humanities Lab, where he identified, developed and implemented international projects that combine the understandings and techniques of the arts, humanities and sciences and engage them in on-the-ground efforts to effect social change.

Prior to Stanford, Knox was Artistic Director at the Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga, California, where he designed, developed and established the organizationís international artist residency program and its global participation in the world of arts and letters. Implementing his commitment to the open flow of ideas and underscoring his belief that the advancement of civil society requires articulate critical analysis, Knox helped establish Montalvo as an institution recognized for ambitious projects often involving unusual collaborations.

During the 1990s as the Founding Director of the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Italy, Knox envisioned and established a center for the arts designed to advance and widen contemporary cultural practice by engaging the voices and thinking of practitioners from all parts of the world and providing them with excellent conditions to advance their work. Civitella quickly became a new model for international, multidisciplinary residency programs.

Knox has advised numerous international residency programs and cultural institutions in Europe, North and South America, Asia and Africa in the areas of fund raising, management, program design and international collaboration. He has served as an advisor, editor or board member of the Paris Review, Res Artis, Roulette, the Ratti Foundation, the Furla Foundation, the Dakar Biennial, the Sanskriti Foundation, the Musagetes Foundation, The Christensen Fund and Leonardo/ISAST.

Knoxís interest in the relationship between the arts and society and critical, artistic inquiry emerged from his studies in social anthropology at the University of California Santa Cruz, Cambridge University and the University of Chicago, where he focusedon the relationship between ideas and social action.

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