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JOSEPH LAMPO - 2016 Juror

Joe Lampo is currently the Director of Development and External Relations for the College of Arts, Letters, and Sciences at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He works with all departments of the college, including the department of art, to advance their programs by finding financial support for them and creating or facilitating opportunities for community engagement.


Lampo is also an independent curator and consultant in the arts. Recently he has advised the Arts Council of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Hospital, Little Rock on the Hospital’s developing art collection, recommending acquisitions for that collection. He has done the same for CARTI as it prepared to occupy the new CARTI Little Rock facility this past fall.


He moved to Little Rock twelve years ago to be Deputy Director of Programs and Director of the Museum School at the Arkansas Arts Center (AAC). After leading the planning, development, and implementation of the AAC’s artistic and educational programming for three years, he added the role of curator of paintings, prints, and photographs to his portfolio. In that role he recommended objects for acquisition into the AAC collection.


He led the Arkansas Arts Center as Interim director from April 2010 to July 2011, during a time of high public scrutiny. After serving as Interim Director, Lampo resumed his responsibilities as Deputy Director of Programs and was also responsible for the entire curatorial program.


Immediately prior to coming to Arkansas, Lampo was Consultant – curator of permanent collections at Rockhurst University, Kansas City, Missouri. And, before that he was the acting assistant to the director of the Spencer Museum of Art, The University of Kansas, Lawrence.


Lampo earned a Master of Arts in History of Art at the Kress Foundation Department of Art History, The University of Kansas, Lawrence. He also earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at the University of Missouri, Columbia. Between these two degrees he served in the United States Army and earned a Master of Arts in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Bologna, Italy and Washington, D.C.