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EDUCATION

Indiana University, Bloomington, IN                                                                                                                                                   Master of Arts in Art History, 2001                                                                                                                                                       Areas of Specialization: African Diaspora, Contemporary                                                                                                               Full Scholarship: Associate Instructor Fellowship, 1998-2000

Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL                                                                                                                                           Bachelor of Arts in Art History, Cum Laude, 1997                                                                                                                             Full Scholarship: Florida Academic Scholar, 1993-97                                                                            

Florida State University Study Center, Florence, Italy, 1996

SELECTED PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Department of Exhibitions and Performance Spaces, Columbia College Chicago                                                               Executive Director and Chief Curator, effective August 2016                                                                                                 Director and Curator, 2006 – current                                                                                                                                     Assistant Director, 2005

Direct five art galleries, four event spaces, public art program and art boutique; curate exhibition program and individual exhibitions; supervise eleven professional and fourteen student staff members; manage operating budget; organize approximately thirty exhibitions, host two-hundred events and produce several exhibition catalogues per year; oversee permanent art collection; administer student curator mentorship program; manage the acquisition, design and build-out of new spaces; developed and oversee student/alumni art boutique; host visiting artists/curators; administer artist residency; support recruitment and retention efforts; lead curatorial review board and college-wide gallery committee; forge partnerships with civic and cultural organizations; travel exhibitions.

Art Institute of Chicago                                                                                                                                                                   Lecturer, 2001 – Present

Research, develop and present scholarly lectures on museum collections; present to public and private groups in gallery tours and slide presentations; areas of focus include Contemporary, Modern, American, African and Impressionist collections.

Hollis Taggart Galleries, Chicago                                                                                                                                             Assistant Director,  2003 – 2005

Co-curated exhibitions focusing on Modern and Contemporary American art; produced scholarly writing on new acquisitions; developed educational and publicity materials; maintained object database with provenance, exhibition history and bibliography; managed administrative and preparator staff; administered college intern program; handled consignments and registrar duties.

G.R. N’Namdi Gallery, Chicago                                                                                                                                                   Gallery Manager , 2002 – 2003

Managed contemporary art exhibition program, accounting and staff; produced marketing materials; curated, installed and maintained exhibitions; served as liaison for collectors, artists, vendors and press.

Indiana University Art Museum, Bloomington                                                                                                                           Registrar Database Assistant, 1999 – 2000

Assisted in launching collection database upgrade and transferred files to new system; researched, updated, edited and catalogued information on the museum’s collection of 30,000 objects.

Museum of African American Art, Tampa, Florida                                                                                                                   Museum Associate, 1997 – 1998

Served dual role as head of education department and exhibition manager; organized and administered youth and senior educational programs and outreach events; obtained outside funding for special programs; led gallery talks and family workshops; supervised volunteers and interns; researched and produced catalogue entries on permanent collection; installed exhibitions and handled preparator duties.

Tampa Museum of Art, Florida                                                                                                                                                 Education Assistant, Summers 1996, 1998

Assisted curator of education in researching and producing education materials for exhibitions; wrote text for wall panels, gallery brochures and teacher art packets; oversaw summer art camp.

Florida State University Fine Arts Museum, Tallahassee                                                                                                         Registrar Assistant, 1996 – 1997

Assisted registrar department in receiving and cataloguing work on loan and new acquisitions; prepared condition reports and location records; trained registrar interns; maintained art storage.

SELECTED TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Visual Arts Management, Columbia College Chicago                                                                                                               Adjunct Lecturer,  2012 – Present                                                                                                                                                   Course Title: Arts Practicum: Curatorial Theory and Practice

Indiana University Art History Department, Bloomington                                                                                                       Associate Instructor, 1998 – 2000                                                                                                                                             Courses Taught: Art Appreciation, Sacred Architecture, Chinese Landscapes

SELECTED CURATED EXHIBITIONS

2017   

[upcoming] The Longest Revolution: Feminist Social Practice, co-curated with Melissa Potter, multi-venue collaborative exhibition and performance series in partnership with Columbia College, City of Chicago and institutions throughout North America.

2016   

Wabash Arts Corridor New Mural Series, co-organized two dozen new public works as part of the Big Walls Street Art Festival, Wabash Arts Corridor

2015

Vacancy: Urban Interruption and (Re)generation, in conjunction with the Inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial, Glass Curtain Gallery, Columbia College and site-specific public works throughout Chicago

Stop Telling Women to Smile, with artist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, newly commissioned 1,200 sq ft mural for the Wabash Arts Corridor Mural Series, Chicago

On the Line, with artist Fereshteh Toosi, site-specific installation for the 2nd Terrain Biennial, organized by Sabina Ott, Terrain Exhibitions, Oak Park, IL

2014

RISK: Empathy, Art and Social Practice, co-curated with Amy Mooney, multi-venue collaborative exhibition and performance series in partnership with Columbia College, Museum of Contemporary Art, Hyde Park Art Center, 6018North, Dorchester Projects / Rebuild Foundation and more

2013

EXPO VIDEO Student Showcase, EXPO CHICAGO , International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art, Navy Pier, Chicago

Inaugural President’s Gallery Student Exhibition, President Kwang-Wu Kim’s Gallery, Columbia College

2012

Not Ready to Make Nice: Guerrilla Girls in the Artworld and Beyond, Glass Curtain Gallery and Art + Design Gallery, Columbia College, with tour through 2015 including: Montserrat College of Art Galleries; Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery, Fairfield University; Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia; Peeler Art Center, DePauw University

2010

Dis/Believer: Intersections of Science and Religion in Contemporary Art, Glass Curtain Gallery, Columbia College

2009

Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons: Life Has Not Even Begun, Glass Curtain Gallery, Columbia College

2007

Vodou Riche: Contemporary Haitian Art, Glass Curtain Gallery, Columbia College

2004

Vibrant Spirits: The Art of Derek Webster, associate curator and producer of accompanying documentary, Vibrant Spirits, Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, Chicago and the Waterloo Center for the Arts, Iowa

2004

Gabriel Bien-Aime: A Retrospective, associate curator, Waterloo Center for the Arts, Iowa

2003

Ed Clark – Paris / New York: Le Mouvement, associate curator, G. R. N’Namdi Gallery, Chicago

2001

Sacred Sequence: Contemporary Haitian Flags, associate curator, Nicole Gallery, Chicago

SELECTED ORGANIZED EXHIBITIONS / INSTITUTIONAL LEADERSHIP

2016   

[upcoming] SkillShot: The Collaborative Art of Pinball, curator Mark Porter, Glass Curtain Gallery, Columbia College

2015   

Bring Your Own Body: transgender between archives and aesthetics, curators Jeanne Vaccaro and Stamatina Gregory, traveling exhibition originated at Cooper Union; Columbia College 

EXPO VIDEO, curated by Alfredo Cramerotti, and ShopColumbia Alumni Showcase, produced for EXPO CHICAGO, International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art, Navy Pier, Chicago

2014

Division of Labor: Chicago Artist Parents, curators Christa Donner and Thea Nichols; Glass Curtain Gallery, Columbia College  

Destination/Laboratory: Columbia College Alumni, produced by ShopColumbia, EXPO CHICAGO, International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art, Navy Pier, Chicago                                     

EXPO VIDEO, curator Astria Suparak, EXPO CHICAGO , International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art, Navy Pier, Chicago                                                                            

Wabash Arts Corridor New Public Works, co-organized with committee for Wabash Arts Corridor and City of Chicago, exhibit in Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood [ongoing]

2013

The Tyranny of Good Taste, curator Danny Orendorff, Glass Curtain Gallery, Columbia College

EXPO VIDEO, curator Dean Otto, EXPO CHICAGO, International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art, Navy Pier, Chicago

Rube Goldberg’s Ghost: Confounding Design and Laborious Objects, curator Elizabeth Burke-Dain, Glass Curtain Gallery, Columbia College

2011

Collaboratory, curator Annie Morse, Glass Curtain Gallery, Columbia College                    

Black Gossamer, curator Camille Morgan, Glass Curtain Gallery, Columbia College

2010

Keep it Slick, Infiltrating Capitalism with The Yes Men, curator Astria Suparak, international traveling exhibition originated at Carnegie Mellon University; Glass Curtain Gallery, Columbia College

2009

Goya Lopes: The African Diaspora in Brazil, Glass Curtain Gallery, Columbia College        

Loaded: Hunting Culture in America, curators Anne Wiens and Audrey Mast, Glass Curtain Gallery, Columbia College

2007

Bilingual: Art at the Intersection of Painting and Video, curator Tracy Taylor, Glass Curtain Gallery     Africa.Dot.Com: From Drums to Digital, curator Deborah Stokes, Glass Curtain Gallery, Columbia College and Museum for the African Diaspora in San Francisco

2006

Shojo Manga! Girl Power!, curator Masami Toku, international traveling exhibition originated at California State University Chico; C33 Gallery, Columbia College                                              

Dress Up Against AIDS: The Dresses of Adriana Bertini, international traveling exhibition originated in Sao Paulo, Brazil; Glass Curtain Gallery, Columbia College

SELECTED LECTURES, PANELS, SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

2016   

The Longest Revolution: Feminist Social Practice / Project Launch, with co-curator Melissa Potter, Oakland Museum of California, Open Engagement Conference, Oakland, CA

The Personal is Political: Feminist Social Practice, session chair, Midwest Art History Society, DePaul University, Chicago

Lecture for College of DuPage Visiting Artist Series, Cleve Carney Art Gallery, Glen Ellyn, IL

2015

A Curator's Perspective on the Guerrilla Girls, Peeler Art Center, DePauw University

Panel Discussion with the artists of Vacancy: Urban Interruption and (Re)Generation, Chicago Architecture Biennial, Chicago Cultural Center

Presenting Transdisciplinary Art, INOVA Research Summit, presenter, Institute of Visual Arts, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

A Conversation with the Guerrilla Girls, Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia, Athens

Expanding from the Gallery: Using Socially-Engaged Practice to Connect Students and Communities, presenter, in Engaging Intersections: The Academic Gallery as a Catalyst for Connection, session co-chair, College Art Association Conference, New York

Curating the Art of Haitian Vodou, presenter, Beyond Coasts: Haiti in the Midwest Symposium, organized by Northwestern University, Illinois

2014

RISK: Curating and Teaching Socially-Engaged Art, presenter, Unruly Engagements Symposium, organized by Cleveland Institute of Art, Ohio                                                                    

Curatorial and Exhibition Studies: Training a New Generation of Exhibition Makers, session co-chair, College Art Association Conference, Chicago

Teaching Exhibition Making, presenter, Association of Arts Administration Educators, Montreal, CA

2013

Conversations on Curating: Proposals, Pedagogy and Practice, presenter, organized by Illinois Humanities Council and Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Chicago, Chicago Cultural Center 

Academic Galleries as Learning Laboratories: Bridging Theory and Practice, presenter, College Art Association Conference, New York

The Making of Not Ready to Make Nice: Guerrilla Girls in the Artworld and Beyond, guest lecturer, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

2012

Conversation with the Guerrilla Girls, moderator, Columbia College

2011

Making Museums Matter: Integrating Collection and Exhibition Programs with College Curriculum, session co-chair, College Art Association Conference, New York

2010

Painting the African American Experience, guest lecturer, Chicago Public Library and The Art Institute                          

Visions of Vodou: Art of Haiti, guest lecturer, Fine Arts Society at the Lakeview Museum of Art, Peoria, IL                      

Renzo Piano’s Modern Wing, lecture, The Art Institute of Chicago

2008

The Ashcan School, lecture, The Art Institute of Chicago                                                                     

American Impressionism, lecture, The Art Institute of Chicago                                                           

Benin - Kings and Rituals: Royal Arts from Nigeria, lecture, The Art Institute of Chicago

2007

Contemporary Vodou Art in Haiti, lecture, Columbia College

2006

African Masterpieces, lecture, The Art Institute of Chicago

2005

Introduction to Non-Western Art, guest lecturer, National-Louis University, Chicago

2004

Resurrections: Artists Breathe New Life into Reclaimed Materials, panel discussion presenter, Waterloo Center for the Arts, Iowa

2003

A Century of Collecting African American Art, lecture, The Art Institute of Chicago

2002

Art of Candomble Ceremonies in Bahia, Brazil, guest lecturer, The School at the Art Institute of Chicago

PUBLICATIONS / ESSAYS

2015   

“Emptiness. Openness. Possibility,” in Vacancy: Urban Interruption and (Re)generation, Columbia College

2014

“Mentoring with Pastries and Vodou,” in Artist Stories, Chicago Artist Resource                      

RISK: Empathy, Art and Social Practice, co-author/essayist/co-editor, Columbia College

2012

“Not Ready to Make Nice,” in Not Ready to Make Nice: Guerrilla Girls in the Artworld and Beyond, Columbia College

2010

“Cut Up and Sold for Parts,” in Megan Greene / Summer, Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago

Keep it Slick, The Yes Men Exhibition Catalogue and Activity Book, co-producer/associate editor with curator Astria Suparak, Carnegie Mellon University and Columbia College

“Forward,” in Digital Incarnate: The Body, Identity and Interactive Media, co-authored with Jane Saks, Columbia College

Fair Use: Information Piracy and Creative Commons in Art and Design, essayist, Columbia College

2009

“Suspending Dis/Belief,” in Dis/Believer: Intersections of Science and Religion in Contemporary Art, Columbia College          

“Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons,” in Life Has Not Even Begun, Columbia College

2007

Vodou Riche: A Digital Catalogue, author/editor, Columbia College

2004

“Bound to Transform: The Art of Gabriel Bien-Aime” in Resurrections: Artists Breathe New Life into Reclaimed Materials, Waterloo Center for the Arts, December

2002

“Review of Haiti: Vodou Visionaries” in African Arts, University of California

1998

“Seminole Patchwork: Pride of Many Colors” in Dimensions of Native America: The Contact Zone, Florida State University

HONORS / FELLOWSHIPS / GRANTS / AWARDS

Nathan Cummings Foundation / Trustee Jane Saks, Exhibition Grant, 2016                                                                               AAMG/Kellogg Academic Museum and Gallery Leadership Fellowship, 2014                                                                             The Joyce Foundation Grant, 2013                                                                                                                                           Chicago Foundation for Women Grant, 2012                                                                                                                             Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA) Excellence Award, 2010                                                           Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship, Haitian Kreyol, 2000                                                                                       Study Abroad, Montrois, Haiti, 2000                                                                                                                                           Indiana University Hope School of Fine Arts Scholarship, 1998-2000                                                                                 Associate Instructor Fellowship, 1998-2000                                                                                                                                     Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society, awarded 1997                                                                                                               Study Abroad, Florida State University Florence, Italy 1996                                                                                                       Florida Academic Scholarship, 1993-1997

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

American Association of Museums                                                                                                                                             Association of Academic Museums and Galleries                                                                                                                   Association of Art Museum Curators                                                                                                                                               Chicago Artists’ Coalition                                                                                                                                                             Midwest Art History Society                                                                                                                                                           College Art Association

SELECTED BOARDS, COMMITTEES, JURIES

Open Engagement Steering Committee, 2015-present                                                                                                           Midwest Art History Society Steering Committee, 2015-2016                                                                                                         3 Arts, Nominator, 2015                                                                                                                                                           Committee for Women in the Arts, College Arts Association, 2012-present                                                                           Chicago Artists’ Coalition, Mentor Curator for HATCH Curator Residency, 2014                                                                     Wabash Arts Corridor Advisory Group, 2013-present                                                                                                               ArtSlant New York, Juried Showcase, juror, 2010, 2013                                                                                                           Chicago Artists’ Coalition, HATCH Curator Residency Advisor, 2012                                                                                   Contemporary Arts Council, juror, 2011                                                                                                                                           Guild for the Blind, Passionate Focus, juror, 2011                                                                                                                       Bravo’s Work of Art television series, juror, 2010                                                                                                                               Art on Track: A Mobile Art Experience, juror, 2010                                                                                                                           Art + Design Gallery Summer Faculty Exhibition, juror, Chicago 2009, 2010                                                                           Southern Graphics Print Council Exhibition, juror, 2008                                                                                                                 Staff Arts and Media Award, Columbia College, juror, 2006, 2007                                                                                         Fraction Workspace, Chicago, board member and juror, 2005-2007