Pierides Foundation appoints Dr Elena Stylianou as the new Director of NiMAC


Announcement: Pierides Foundation appoints Dr Elena Stylianou as the new Director of NiMAC

The Pierides Foundation is excited to announce that as of January 1st, 2024, Dr Elena Stylianou will serve as the new Creative Director of the Nicosia Municipal Arts Center [NiMAC], Associated with the Pierides Foundation. From this position, Dr Stylianou will provide the leadership, inspiration, and strategic direction of the Center and ensure that it achieves its short-term and long-term goals for artistic excellence, financial sustainability, and community engagement. As Director she will be responsible and accountable for all aspects of NiMAC’s portfolio. These include artistic, operational, education, and community programming; financial management; staff development; and fundraising.

Dr Stylianou has extensive experience in the cultural sector and is Associate Professor in Art and Art History at European University Cyprus. She researches, writes, and curates at the crossings of the history and theory of photography, modern and contemporary art, critical studies, and museum and curatorial practices. She has curated a number of art exhibitions in Cyprus, the latest titled “In the Sea of the Setting Sun: Photographic Practices and the Archive” at the State Gallery of Contemporary Art – SPEL.   Her work has been published in peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes and is the co-editor of Contemporary Art from Cyprus: Politics, Identities and Cultures Across Borders (Bloomsbury, Spring 2021), Ar(t)chaeology: Intersections of Photography and Archaeology (IAPT Press, 2019), and Museums and Photography: Displaying Death (Routledge, 2018).

Dr Stylianou earned her doctoral degree from Columbia University, Teachers College NY, with emphasis on contemporary art, and is a recipient of numerous awards and grants, including a Getty-CAA grant, a Fulbright scholarship, and an ArtTable fellowship at the Curatorial Department of the Museum of Arts & Design in New York. She previously held a postdoctoral position at UCL, London studying the intersections of contemporary art, museums and technology and has worked as the first Saturday Academy coordinator of the Museum of the City of New York, serving under-privileged youth through the museum’s educational programs. She is the lead researcher of several EU funded projects dealing with arts and heritage, she is one of the national experts representing Cyprus in the EU initiative Accessible EU, aiming among others to promote accessibility for all in the cultural sector, and is one of the founding members and current President of the International Association of Photography and Theory [IAPT].