Visit my Nurture Art Registry portfolio for full documentation of my past curatorial projects.
View my new blog dedicated to issues around the impact of public art on communities.
Since summer 2012, I have served as co-curator for the FIGMENT summer-long interactive sculpture garden, featuring large-scale interactive sculptures by nationally and internationally-acclaimed artists on Governors Island.
I was one of two selected emerging curators for the inaugural No Longer Empty Curatorial Lab (NLE LAB), a new program of the arts organization No Longer Empty . Through this intensive two-month program, co-curator Jessica Wallen and I organized all aspects of a site-specific art exhibition, and related public programming, at a formerly-vacant storefront on 24 West 8th Street in Greenwich Village. Entitled "Gathering Place," this exhibit brought together 11 contemporary artists exploring the street and neighborhood's unique history of commerce and culture, and envisioning 8th Street's rebirth as a mixed-use destination corridor, engaging the community in critical dialogue around its future.
Dates: February 22-March 23, 2013
Opening Reception: Friday, February 22, 7-9pm
Press & VIP Reception: Friday, February 22, 6-7pm
Regular Hours: Friday-Monday, 1-7pm
Location: 24 West 8th St., Greenwich Village
ARTISTS FEATURED: Luisa Caldwell / Rebecca Hackemann / Kristin Jones and Andrew Ginzel / Gwyneth Leech / Jennifer Maravillas / Simonetta Moro / Eleanor Ray / Ira Sachs / Gail Thacker / Micki Watanabe Spiller / Seldon Yuan
I have served as a public art blogger, contributing the following three posts to the Americans for the Arts Animating Democracy blog:"Talking Points: Public Art and the Challenge of Evaluation""Public Art and Storytelling in the Social Media Age""Scaling Up Participation: The Expansion of FIGMENT"
AMERICANS FOR THE ARTS PUBLIC ART PRE-CONFERENCE 2013
I was selected to serve on a panel called Like, Comment, Share"
at the June 2013 public art conference in Pittsburgh, addressing the issue of evaluating audience response to public art.
I also presented in the Public Art Network's August 2012 webinar Public Art Evaluation: Principles & Methodology for Measuring Social Impact, August 2012. Listen to the archived version here
PUBLIC ART DIALOGUE NEWSLETTER:
I was invited to write a summary of the webinar for Public Art Dialogue's Fall 2012 Newsletter, which can be found here
. Stay tuned for more newsletter entries coming this fall!
I served as fall 2011 Writing Fellow for the acclaimed arts policy blog createquity.org, and continue to serve as a contributing writer. As a fellow, I published four major articles on community/site-specific art, public art and the challenge of evaluation, the arts and the Occupy Wall Street movement, and support structures for artists.
See a summary of all my fellowship articles here
See my June 2013 article "Smart Public Art: Interactive Technology and Public Art Evaluation" here
See my August 2012 article "The Art of Having it All" About women artists balancing art-making and parenting here
As Programs Manager at Smack Mellon gallery in DUMBO, Brooklyn, I manage two arts education programs for local teens as well as an artist residency program. I initiated this blog
to document the work of high school students and their artist mentors, as well as visits to artists studios and arts organizations, in our Art Ready after-school arts career readiness program.
In 2010-2012, I am working as a freelance grant writer for the Times Square Alliance public art program, developing original proposals tailored to the requirements of different foundations and corporate sponsors.
Pallet City was an interactive public art project made almost entirely from recycled shipping pallets, co-designed and built with architect Jeremy Reed for the FIGMENT
Season-Long Sculpture Garden on Governors Island in Summer 2010. This blog documents the project's evolution over the course of the summer, with a focus on the public's use of this interactive sculpture.
In addition to overseeing the Pallet City blog, I contributed an article to FIGMENT's new Participatory Art blog
analyzing my experiences working on Pallet City. View Part I
and Part II
of the article!
Published in the 2006 issue of PART, the CUNY Graduate Center's online art history journal.
A scholarly article I wrote on the aesthetic and social components of new genre public artist Suzanne Lacy's "The Roof is On Fire," a collaborative public art/performance piece with teenagers in Oakland, CA, in 1994. "Roof" aimed to give underrepresented and misrepresented youth a voice in mass media through a highly-publicized, large-scale event where the public could listen in on teens having conversations in cars on a rooftop garage.
As an Assistant Editor and freelance writer, I wrote and edited essays and image captions for this major 2009 Abrams publication about the community murals and graffiti/street art of San Franciscos Mission District.
I served as the first Program Manager from August 2008-June 2010, for this small, innovative nonprofit organization that provides young people of all abilities with the opportunity to engage in the artistic process as a catalyst for learning. ATG optimally matches teaching artists with the specific needs of each school or community based organization who serves children with limited access to the arts.
As Program Manager, in addition to recruiting hiring, and supervising teaching artists in 3-5 simultaneous arts education partnerships, I helped write original grant proposals, newsletters, and other communications materials. Click here
to read some of the "program spotlights" I wrote describing our arts education programs!