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Paula McCarthy Panczenko
Executive Director

Paula McCarthy Panczenko was born in Dublin, Ireland. She obtained her B.A. degree in Art History and Archaeology from University College Dublin and then spent a year at the University degli Studi di Firenze. Upon returning to Ireland she worked at the Wexford Art Center where she organized exhibitions, concerts, and lecture programs. In 1975 she was appointed Visual Arts Officer at the Arts Council of Ireland. In this position, she organized national and international touring exhibitions and administered the visual arts grants program. In 1980, following her marriage to Russell Panczenko, she moved to the United States and founded Ireland America Arts Exchange, which was designed to create exchange opportunities between artists in Ireland and the United States. Programming included the organization of a major exhibition of contemporary Irish art, curated by Lucy Lippard, a long series of residencies for Irish artists at P.S. 1, The Institute for Contemporary Art and Urban Resources in New York City, and a variety of other lectures and programs. Following her move to Wisconsin, she was appointed Grants Coordinator at the Wisconsin Arts Board in 1985 and became Deputy Director in 1988. In this position, she bore primary responsibility for the internal operations of the entire agency and worked closely with the Board of Directors in developing long-term agency goals and policies. In 1989, she was appointed to Tandem Press. She is responsible for planning and implementing Tandem's artistic and administrative policies; for raising the operating budget through fundraising, grant writing and sales and for advancing and promoting the Press locally, regionally and nationally. She travels back to Ireland frequently to visit her family in Dublin, Wexford and Galway.





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