As of January 1, 2015, Anjali Gupta will be the new Director of San Antonio art space Sala Diaz, taking over from Hills Snyder, who has held the position since 1997. Gupta has been Director of the Sala Diaz residency program Casa Chuck since 2013, served as executive director and editor-in-chief of Art Lies until 2010, and is a contributor to Glasstire.
The changeover has been a long time in the planning. According to Snyder, “in 2005, when Sala Diaz turned ten, we celebrated the anniversary with a show by Leigh Anne Lester. It was a good night and it signaled to me that down the road someone would have to replace me. In 2010 I knew who that someone might be and in 2012 asked Anjali Gupta and she accepted. We announced this locally at a fundraiser in June 2013.”
Snyder added, “the mantra for my job as curator of the gallery has been Casualness, Serendipity and Stealth, meaning easy does it, be ready for happy accidents and let it happen without a letterhead as much as possible. In other words, the intent was to avoid becoming an institution. Never let the outlines harden. Stick with a single bulb in each room for ambient light. Anjali will have her own touch regarding the way things happen.”
In January, Gupta will implement the last of Snyder’s programming, including a show with Mary Walling Blackburn, selected by Guest Curator, Laurence Miller, Then James Cobb, Joseph Phillips, Casey Arguelles, Stevan Zivadinovic, Thomas Cummins, Erin Hinz, Vincent Valdez and Julia Barbosa Landois. Beginning Fall 2016, Gupta will begin her own curating with artists Sarah Franz,
Matt Mat Kubo and Buster Graybill.
“It has been a good time,” said Snyder, “but now I’m moving on. This isn’t one of those “leaving to pursue other interests” things — my interests are the same. It’s just time.”