John R. Killacky has been named performing arts director at Walker Art Center.

He succeeds Robert Stearns, who was recently appointed director of the Wexner Center for the Visual Arts at Ohio State University, Columbus. Killacky had previously been program officer at The Pew Charitable Trusts, Philadelphia.Killacky will direct Walker's performing arts program - the nation's largest museum-based program - which presents more than 150 performances each year in experimental dance, music, theater and performance art.