Art Center of Waco Statement on the Death of Former Director Joe Kagle

The Board and Staff of the Art Center of Waco (ACW) are deeply saddened by the sudden death of artist, curator, and former ACW Executive Director, Joe Kagle.

Joe inspired the arts community in Waco with his visionary programs and boundless energy. He'd already had a full career before his time at ACW, coming to Waco from the Boston area in 1987. He used that experience to great effect for the advancement of the organization - administratively, curatorially, and in the fundraising realm, until he departed in 1999 to pursue a Fullbright Scholarship to study in Tbilisi, Georgia.

The Art Center, and therefore Waco, is undoubtedly a better place because of Joe Kagle.

The most visible symbol of his legacy is the sculpture garden on the MCC campus, which was launched in 1997. This was the debut of the "Waco Door" a sculpture by Robert Wilson, which is the most iconic piece in the Art Center's permanent collection.

We are grateful for Joe Kagle's time in Waco and extend our sincere sympathies to his family and friends at this difficult time.