Art Papers magazine hires Saskia Benjamin as its new executive

By Maria Saporta

Atlanta-based Art Papers has tapped Saskia Benjamin as its new executive director.

Benjamin is leaving her post as director of institutional advancement at the Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center to join Art Papers, a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to the “examination, development and definition of art and culture in the world today,” according to the organization’s website.

Benjamin has had a long track record working in the Atlanta nonprofit community.

Saskia Benjamin

Before joining the Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center, Benjamin worked for the Georgia Conservancy as the growth management program manager.

She also worked for the Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development at Georgia Tech, and she has a Masters degree in city and regional planning from the institution.

She also worked at the High Museum of Art from 1998 to 2004 as a registrar, exhibitions coordinator and assistant to the deputy director. She graduated summa cum laude from Emory University with a Bachelor’s in Art History; and she got a Masters in Arts History from the University of Southern California.

Benjamin has been involved in the community, serving as the BeltLine Network’s appointee to the Tax Allocation District Advisory Committee, chairing the Public Art, Architecture and Historic Preservation Committee as well as the committee on Community Outreach.

Benjamin also has been an active choreographer and performer within Atlanta’s dance community for 15 years.

“This is an exciting time for the organization as we reconnect with Atlanta’s arts community while continuing to expand the national and international reach of the magazine,” Benjamin said in a release. “Art Papers has always had a critical voice and perspective, and we will build upon that reputation in a meaningful and sustainable way.”

Benjamin will be working with former board member Cinqué Hicks, who is interim editor-in-chief during a transition period.

The board of Art Papers also envisions significant opportunity grow the organization, and it plans to announce a new editor-in-chief by this fall.

“Saskia is a great fit for managing the future challenges and growth of Art Papers,” said Robert Brawner, who is president of the organization’s board. “The board is energized by our new leadership.”

Maria Saporta, Editor, is a longtime Atlanta business, civic and urban affairs journalist with a deep knowledge of our city, our region and state.  Since 2008, she has written a weekly column and news stories for the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Prior to that, she spent 27 years with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, becoming its business columnist in 1991. Maria received her Master’s degree in urban studies from Georgia State and her Bachelor’s degree in journalism from Boston University. Maria was born in Atlanta to European parents and has two young adult children.

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