CURRICULUM VITAE / RESUME
PhD: Curating, Museum Studies, and Social Practice - PhD in Practice
University of Ulster, (School of Art, Design and the Built Environment)
Dissertation Title: Slow Curating: Community, Context and Collaboration: Creating relevant experiences with audiences and local communities in regional museums. Supervisors: Prof. Paul Seawright and Prof. Elizabeth Crooke, PhD.
Cert. University of St Thomas, Opus College of Business Executive Education
Cert. Mini-Master of Marketing Management and Strategic Social Media Marketing
MA, Irish Visual Culture
University of Ulster, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK
Thesis - Seeing Orange — Reading Orange: Images, Icons and Identity in Contemporary Northern Ireland.
Cert. of Management Practice, University of Ulster, Belfast, Certificate in Management Practice
BA University of Minnesota,
Major – History of Art, Advisor: Gabriel Weisberg, PhD
Minor – Women Studies, Advisor: Griselda Pollock, PhD
Adjunct Professor of Practice Concordia College & Century College, Apr 2014 – Present
Course: Art Appreciation 101
Adjunct Professor (Part-Time) - Departments of Art & Art History, Century College Fall 2018 - present
Courses: Art 1021.70, Art 1022.70, Art 1020.70 - Art History of the Western World I, II and HUM Women & Art.
Independent Curator, Museum Specialist & Art Consultant, August 2014 – present
Based in Stillwater, MN & Belfast, N Ireland
Recent clients include exhibition work for Washington County at their site in Stillwater and artist Anne Labovitz’s solo exhibit at Concordia St Paul (Fall 2021), Labovitz's public projects and institutional exhibitions as well as serving as Editor for her recent exhibit catalogue for 122 Conversations. Corporate clients include consulting on artwork selection for the new Keller Williams Real Estate office in Stillwater. Previous clients include more than a dozen local and regional artists, Buurtzorg MN (marketing), The Arts Partnership, Halftone Digital (SEO research), and TMI Hospitality. Areas of work include: art consulting, commissioning artwork, exhibition-making, and organizing, editing and catalogue production, professional coaching, grant writing, yearly work plans, optimized content for Facebook, manage social media campaigns, utilize social media management tools to schedule content and analyze metrics, SEO audits, and print and paper media advertisements.
Guest Services, Exhibition and Archive Specialist, Dec 2017 - present
Washington County Historic Courthouse, Stillwater, MN.
Responsible for displays, archive, and mediation by guest service attendants at the historic courthouse, including tours, organizing history exhibits, and label writing, and archive and collection work for the historic archives from 1870 to 1975. My current work includes reviewing and supervising the collection and archives and submitting a report on de-accession and strategies for future work on the HCH Collection and Archives. Six-month sabbaticals from January to June allow for contracted curatorial and exhibition organization for the HCH. See below for history exhibitions. The Historic Courthouse was built in 1870 and houses a small archive and collection, hosts tours and programs, and creates 7-month-long historic exhibitions.
Executive Director & Chief Curator, Oct 2015 – Jan 2017
Rochester Art Center, Rochester, MN.
Responsible for a strategic direction of this $1.2 million organization, including all programmatic, development, fundraising, operational, marketing and managing a staff of 15+. Curated several projects, including object selection, exhibition design, and all mediation. See below.
Instigator and initial project manager for the Guerrilla Girls in Twin Cities Project, Sept 2013 – May 2016
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis College of Art & Design and St Catherine’s College, St Paul & Minneapolis, MN
Working with a consortium of museums and community groups, I led (with MCAD’s Kerry Morgan) the public project for the Guerrilla Girls 30th anniversary in 2015 - 2016.
Director & Chief Curator, Aug 2014 – Oct 2015
The Model: Home of the Niland Collection, Sligo, Ireland
Responsible for a strategic organizational change, including the turn towards a permeable museum as central to the vision and mission. Curated several projects, including object selection, exhibition design, and all mediation. See below.
Guest Curator, Sept 13 – August 14
Weisman Art Museum (WAM), Minneapolis, MN
Curated the exhibit Lust for Leisure: The Birth of Modernism in Marketing at the Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota. Utilizing travel posters from the 1920s and ‘30s in WAM collection, the exhibit focused on the mythology of place, temporality, and the modernist aesthetic in marketing and included a layout design, interpretive material, and auxiliary program suggestions.
Director of Curatorial Affairs & Interpretation, Aug 11 to Mar 2013
Plains Art Museum, Fargo, ND
Managed curatorial programming and advised on procedures for the operation of the Museum, it’s exhibitions, the permanent collection, and public programs. (18 shows in 1.5 yrs; 60+ public programs). Curated several projects, including object selection, exhibition design, and all mediation. See below.
Executive Director and Lead Curator, December 2009 to July 2011
LaGrange Art Museum, LaGrange, GA
Responsible for devising and managing all Museum staff (7), organizational positioning and change management, including a new strategic plan. Devised all artistic programs, and supervised daily operations. Curated several projects, including object selection, exhibition design, and all mediation. See below.
Executive Director and Lead Curator, March 2003 to December 2009
Millennium Court Arts Centre, Portadown, Northern Ireland. Responsible for managing all staff, artistic activities and programs, including: exhibitions, acquisitions, education, community engagement, marketing, fundraising, public relations and volunteer coordination. Curated many projects, including object selection, exhibition design, and mediation. See below.
Lead Curator and Project Manager, Nov 2006 to Nov 2007
Craft Northern Ireland / Smithsonian Institute, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK. Curated and project managed a three-section contemporary craft exhibition for Northern Ireland at the S Dillon Ripley Centre, Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC. Responsibilities: curatorial lead and project manager, worked with two other exhibit curators, finances, schedules, contracts, transportation, editing, writing and publication production, and artistic and staff liaison with other curators and artists.
Gallery Manager / Curator, Aug 2002 – Feb 2003
Leadwhite Gallery, Dublin, Ireland.
Managed the commercial gallery, including exhibitions and participation in the London Art Fair.
Publications Production Manager, Oct 1999 to Aug 2002
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA.
Responsible for print production management of 30+ significant scholarly publications, including Renaissance Tapestries, Vermeer and the Delft School, Signac: Neo-Impressionist, and The Golden Deer of Eurasia. Examples are available upon request.
PUBLICATIONS – EDITING & ESSAYS IN PUBLICATIONS
"The nature, values, and entanglements of hope" in Beacons of Hope exhibition catalogue, Fall 2021
"Slow Curating: An Alternative for Museums Today" in Artlines Women's Caucus CAA journal, Summery 2021
"Turn Up the Turnout and Art Activism in 2020", published online for Turn Up the Turnout organization, 2020
"Entgrenzung / The Dissolution of Boundaries: Conviviality, Memory and Storytelling in Contemporary Art" in Su Legatt's DISH project publication, 2020
"If you can be heard, you can exist" in Rachel Epp Buller's Hoping You Are Well exhibition catalogue, 2020
Editor & Production Manager for exhibition catalog, 122 Conversation: Person to Person Art Beyond Borders, Anne Labovitz at Tweed Museum of Art, Duluth, Fall 2018
Editor, Contributor & Production Manager, “Placemakers: Rochester Prototyping Festival, 2016,” Project catalogue and assessment document. Rochester Art Center, Destination Medical Center, Rochester Downtown Alliance, Fall 2016
“Engaged Process: Temporality, Place & Memory in the Work of Clea van der Grijn,” Essay, 2016
“Materiality, Texture & Form: A Lived Practice in the Work of Judy Onofrio.” Essay, 2016
“For Peace Comes Dropping Slow”, In Art, Architecture and Place: The Lake Isle of Innishfree. Essay in the exhibition and project catalogue for Liminal Spaces exhibition at The Model, Sligo, Ireland, 2015
“Visual Art Project: Six Artists + A Designer + A Town Planner”, Co-authored with Clea van der Grijn in Art, Architecture and Place: The Lake Isle of Innishfree. Exhibition and project catalogue for Liminal Spaces exhibition at The Model, Sligo, Ireland, 2015
“What is the role of ego in this work? When is it useful?” with Michael Birchall in Questions We Ask Together, Gemma Turbull (ed), Open Engagement Publications, 2015
“There is No Authority But Yourself”, I Believe in You: New Work by Mark Clare. Essay, 2014.
“Shades of Grey: Visual Art and Contemporaneity in Northern Ireland,” Archiving Place Archiving Place & Time: Contemporary Art Practice in Northern Ireland since the Belfast Agreement, 2010
“Method in the Making: The Relevancy of Contemporary Craft in Northern Ireland,” Making Changes: Contemporary Craft In Northern Ireland, exhibition catalogue essay commissioned by Craft Northern Ireland to coincide with the ‘Made In Northern Ireland’ exhibition at the Ripley Institute at The Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC, 2007
“The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: What works for art, and is there such a thing as the ideal space?” Space: Architecture for Art, CIRCA publications, 2005
* Many Introductions to publications at museum institutions MCAC, LAM, and PAM
PUBLICATIONS – ARTICLES
“Using the F-Word in 2016: the Guerrilla Girls Twin Cities Takeover”, Spring 2016, Art21 online blog.
“Slow Curating: Re-Thinking and Extending Socially Engaged Art in the Context of Northern Ireland,” OnCurating, Issue 24, Autumn 2014
“Misfit Cup Liberation Project,” Studio Potter, article on Strand and Slow Curating, Vol. 38. No 1, Autumn 2012
“Do We Still Need the ‘F’ Word,” an article on the All-Ireland Guerrilla Girls Research Tour and New Work Project. Visual Artists of Ireland Newsletter, September, 2009
“Not Just Orange and Green: Opening Up Space for Culture in Northern Ireland,” Contexts, 2005
“New Notions of Space,” Visual Arts Newsletter, Sculpture Society of Ireland, 2004
“It Ain’t Money for Nothing and your Kicks for Free,” Contexts, Autumn 2004
“The Art Market: Some thoughts on Venture Capitalism,” CIRCA Art Magazine, August 2003
PUBLICATIONS – CITATIONS of Slow Curating
2021 “Redefining Curatorial Leadership and Activating Community Expertise to Build Equitable and Inclusive Art Museums”. Marianna Pegno and Christine Brindza. in Curator: The Museum Journal, Vol. 64, No 2, April 2021
2018 Kathryn Nellis Medill, These Ways of Working: Reflections on the Collaborative Nature of Staff Roles Creating Space in Art Museums, in ProQuest Dissertations, 2018.
2018 William Fech, Ticket Stubs, “Social Hub: Capital and Community Programming at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center.” The Project Journal. Online. Summer 2018 issue. https://www.theprojectorjournal.com/ticket-stubs-social-hub-by-w
2017 Deborah Riding, Challenging the rules of engagement: Co-creation of knowledge in the public art museum. PhD dissertation, University of Chester, 2017.
2016 Janita Craw & Victoria O’Sullivan, “Art-at-Work: Moving beyond, with the histories of education and art in Aotearoa New Zeland,” Education Philosophy and Theory, Volume 48, 2016, Issue 7.
2015 Tosh (Ash) Ahkit, “Homeless doesn’t mean hopeless creating authentic representation through co-curation, MA Dissertation, Auckland University of Technology.2015
2015 Open Engagement: Mary Coyne. Temporary Art Review. Online. http://temporaryartreview.com/open-engagement-mary-coyne/
2021 Curating Fast and Slow, Changing Times, Changing Tempos? Panel Discussion. For Art History, AAH (UK)
2021 Slow Curating: An Alternative for Museums Today, Slow Panel participation at College Art Association (CAA), National Conference.
2020 How to Make Art with Others: Slow Curating & the Spectra of Engagement, panel discussion at the UACC Canadian National Conference.
2019 Slow Interventions: Moving Toward Connection in Creative Practice, Presentation and panel discussion at Slow: A Symposium in Praxis & Theory, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), November 2019.
2016 Dialogical Spaces: Engaging Audiences for The Permeable Museum: Socially Engaged Institutions. Presentation and panel discussion. Open Engagement Conference, California Museum of Art & History, Oakland, CA. (May) * organized by M Johnston panelists also included former Queens Director Laura Raicovich and John Spiak
2015 It’s My Revolution: Inverting Curatorial Discretion—Power, Privilege, Expertise and the Space Between. Open Engagement Conference, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA. (April)
2015 The Permeable Museum. Irish Museums Association Conference, Ulster Museum, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK
2014 The Curatorialization of Activism in Art as a Neo-Avant-Garde, Panel Discussion. Open Engagement Conference, Queens Museum of Art, Queens, NY (May) * organized by M Johnston and M Birchall with panel members Gregory Sholette, Elissa Blount Moorhead, and Arthur Jaffa.
2012 Mapping Spectral Traces, October 2012, University of Minnesota. Presented paper “Architecture, Art & Memory: Creative Actions in Sites of Post Conflict and Trauma”
2012 Open Engagement: Art and Social Practice Conference, Portland State University - "After the Flood" - Presentation and Panel discussion, Presented: “FLOOD DIVERSION: A social practice initiative.”
2009 International Symposium of Electronic Art (ISEA), Presented Paper: “Our Digital Ontology: The Use of Mobile Interfaces and New Technologies in Northern Ireland Galleries and Museums.”
2009 Association of Art Historians Annual Conference, Manchester Metropolitan University Session: Irishness and Intertextaulity: Re-Reading the Visual in Irish Culture panel discussion. Paper presented: “(Un)Covering history in black and whitewash: Visual Culture in Northern Ireland Today.”
2009 Manchester Metropolitan University Conference for exhibition, Archiving Place Archiving Place & Time: Contemporary Art Practice in Northern Ireland since the Belfast Agreement, 2009 – 2011. Presented Paper: “Curating in Context: What is socially engaged curatorial practice.” * organize by myself and F Barber (Manchester University) to coincide with our exhibition of the same name
2006 University of Ulster, Interface Conference for Research Department Faculty, Visiting Lecturer, “Relevancy of Art Today,” [initial presentation on my socially engaged curatorial practice]. Panel with Grant Kester.
Selected Curated Exhibitions & Projects
2020-2023 122 Conversations installation by Anne Labovitz, Minneapolis/St Paul Airport.
2021 Beacons of Hope: Anne Labovitz, Concordia St Paul University Gallery, St Paul, MN
2021 The Life of an Object: Stories, Meanings, & Moments in Washington County, Washington County Historic Courthouse, Stillwater, MN. History Exhibit, June 2021 – January 2022.
2020 Freedom, Independence & Citizenship: The History of Voting Rights in Washington County, Washington County Historic Courthouse, Stillwater, MN. History Exhibit, June 2020 – January 2021.
2019- present The I Love You Institute, with artist Anne Labovitz (curator & producer). St Paul, MN.
2019 Spokes & Folks: The Evolution of Bikes & Trails in Washington County, Washington County Historic Courthouse,
2018 122 Conversation: Person to Person Art Beyond Borders, Anne Labovitz at Tweed Museum of Art, Duluth,(organizing curator, catalog editor)
2018 People & Places: Architecture in Washington County from 1850 – 1960, Washington County Historic Courthouse, June 2018 – January 2019.
2017 Andy Warhol: Minnesota Goes Pop, Rochester Art Center, Rochester, MN. Co-curated with Sheila Dickinson a group show with 36 Warhol prints (Myth / Cowboy & Indian Series) with 11 contemporary artists from Minnesota.
2016 UNEARTHED: Judy Onofrio, Rochester Art Center, Rochester, Minnesota. Solo show with catalogue.
2016 Institute of Informal Creativity: The Froebel Studio with Eamon O’Kane. Rochester Art Center, Rochester, MN.
2016 Guerrilla Girls Twin Cities Takeover. Instigator and initial project organizer, working with a consortium of the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Weisman Art Museum, and Minneapolis College of Art & Design, Minneapolis, MN, USA. Autumn 2015.
2015 Liminal Spaces: Art, Architecture and Place, The Model, home of the Niland Collection, Sligo, Ireland. A collaborative project co-curating with a team of myself, artist Clea van der Grijn and three architects from Sligo IT.
2015 Bureau of Radical Accessibility, The Model, home of the Niland Collection, Sligo, Ireland. Think-and-Do Tank with visiting artists, staff, and the public in dialogue about issues and ideas on the creation of a permeable museum.
2015 Things Left Unsaid: New Work by Paul Seawright, MCAC Portadown, Northern Ireland, Ireland/UK. Toured to Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda, Ireland.the Ulster Museum, Belfast, and the Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris.
2015 Shared Visions: The Niland Collection Re-Hang, The Model, home of the Niland Collection, Sligo, Ireland. Significant exhibition re-positioning collection in 3 galleries.
2015 I Believe In You: New Work by Mark Clare, The Model, home of the Niland Collection, Sligo, Ireland. Touring project with Crawford Municipal Museum, Cork
2014 Lust for the Local: The Birth of Modernism in Marketing, Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA.
2013 Wing Young Huie: Hidden Fargo in Plain Sight, Plains Art Museum, North Dakota, USA.
Andy Warhol: Creating Myth and Icon, Plains Art Museum, North Dakota, USA. Utilizing Slow Curating to create a large-scale show with collaborators from Sundog Marketing (sponsors).
2012 Ice Music: Paul D Miller / DJ Spooky, Plains Art Museum, North Dakota, USA. New music commission.
2012 Creative Actions: Selections from the Permanent Collection, Plains Art Museum, North Dakota, USA
2012 The Return of the Sodbuster: Luis Jiménez in Fargo, Plains Art Museum, North Dakota, USA.
2012 Misfit Cup Liberation Project: New Work by Michael J Strand. A social practice work intervention as part of Temporality Series. Plains Art Museum, North Dakota, USA. Art As Process series,.
2012 PROJECT Flood Diversion. Artists Andrea Stanislav, Michael J Strand, Jeff Knight, Rebecca Krinke, NDSU + MSUM students. Fargo, North Dakota, USA.
2012 Art on the Plains XI open submission. Coordinating curator with Juror: Hesse McGraw, organizing curator, Plains Art Museum, North Dakota, USA.
2011 You Like This: A Democratic Approach to the Museum Collection, Plains Art Museum, Fargo, North Dakota, USA. Organizing and lead curator with community curatorial team.
See Acts of Audacious Daring! The Circus World of Judy Onofrio. Curated by Catherine Wilkins, Coordinating curator. Plains Art Museum, North Dakota, USA.
2011 Creative Obscurity: The Genius of Noel Rockmore, LaGrange Art Museum, LaGrange, GA.
2011 Dream House: New Work by Mark Clare, LaGrange Art Museum, LaGrange, GA.
2011 Legends of The Printmaking Workshop: Will Barnet, Bob Blackburn, Chaim Koppelman and Tom Laidman, Chochran Gallery @ LaGrange Art Museum.
2011 Cult of Personality: From Warhol and Dali to Lady Gaga, co-curated with LaGrange College student Kathryn Schroeder, LaGrange Art Museum.
2011 Night – Light – Reflections: Visions of the New South, photography by John Dowell, LaGrange Art Museum, LaGrange, GA, USA.
2010 African Americana: Selections from the LAM and Cochran Collections, co-curated with Maribeth Crocker, LaGrange Art Museum, LaGrange, GA, USA.
2010 Elements of Architecture: From Form & Function to Place, LaGrange Art Museum, LaGrange, GA, USA.
2010 Archiving Place & Time: Contemporary Art Practice in Northern Ireland since the Belfast Agreement, artists: Willie Doherty, Paul Seawright, John Duncan, Rita Duffy, Sandra Johnson, Conor McGrady, Mary McIntryre, Aisling O’Beirn, Philip Napier, Michael Hogg, and Conor McFeely. Co-curated with Fiona Barber. Toured Manchester, Portadown, and Woverhampton.
2009 I’m not a feminist, but if I was…Guerrilla Girls New Work Revealed, Millennium Court Arts Centre, Portadown, Northern Ireland, Ireland/UK. An all-Ireland research project and exhibition tour; was a new work commission collaboration with partners Glucksman Gallery, Cork; the University of Ulster, Belfast; and the National College of Art & Design, Dublin.
2009 Conflicted Account: New Work by Paul Seawright, MCAC Portadown, Northern Ireland, Ireland/UK. Toured to Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda, Ireland.
2008 Shuffle: New Work by Richard Gorman, MCAC Portadown, Northern Ireland, Ireland/UK. Toured to Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda, Ireland.
2008 Everyone Knows this is Nowhere: New Work by Andre Stitt, MCAC Portadown, Northern Ireland, Ireland/UK. Toured to University of Wales, UK.
2008 Template 2.0: An Exhibition of Digital Art, MCAC Portadown, Northern Ireland, Ireland/UK, with the International Symposium for Electronic Art (ISEA) 2009. Coordinating curator.
2008 Luxus: A Visual and Verbal Collaboration by visual artist Victor Sloan and writer Glen Patterson, MCAC Portadown, Northern Ireland, Ireland/UK.
2007 Wade Ireland: Irish Kitsch or Regional Vernacular, MCAC, Portadown, Northern Ireland, Ireland/UK.
2007 Cuchulain Comforted: A Visual and Verbal Collaboration with Rita Duffy and Paul Muldoon, MCAC, Portadown, Northern Ireland, Ireland/UK.
2006 Frank Gehry, Architect: Designs for Museums, Millennium Court Arts Centre, Portadown, Northern Ireland, Ireland/UK. In collaboration with Frank O Gehry and the Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.
2006 Made in Northern Ireland, A Dynamic for Change, S Dillon Ripley Centre, Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC. Toured to Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast; and MCAC in Portadown.
2006 Magic Stones: A Soundscape by Robert Jarvis, MCAC Portadown, Northern Ireland, Ireland/UK. This new work commission won the British Composer of the Year Award for New Media.
2006 Seeing Orange: Northern Irish Artists’ Use of Orange Imagery, MCAC Portadown, Northern Ireland, Ireland/UK. MA Thesis show 1.
2006 Orange Segments: A Historical Look at the Orange Order, MCAC Portadown, Northern Ireland, Ireland/UK. MA Thesis show 2.
2005 The Bloated Inability to East Flags: Dermot Seymour Selected Works 1985 – 2003, MCAC, Portadown, Northern Ireland, Ireland/UK.
2005 The Mobile Museum: Eamon O’Kane, MCAC, Portadown, N. Ireland
2004 The Agreement by Shane Cullen, organizing curator, MCAC, Portadown, Northern Ireland, Ireland/UK. International tour: Ireland, N Ireland, UK.
2003 Portraits: Alice Maher, MCAC, Portadown, Northern Ireland, Ireland/UK.
1998 – 2013 The curated exhibitions above reflect only a portion of the number of curatorial projects created in the past 15 years. I have worked on more than 300 artists’ projects, including numerous group shows, community projects, touring shows (in Ireland, UK, and USA) focusing primarily on contemporary art, craft and architecture. Social practice initiatives have been of special.
SELECTED PUBLICATION PRODUCTION WORK
More than 100 project and exhibition publications at Millennium Court Arts Center, LaGrange Art Museum, Plains Art Museum, The Model, home of the Niland Collection
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Vermeer and the Delft School with Walter Liedtke
Cypriot Art with Joan Mertains
The Gubbio Studiolo and Its Conservation. Vol. 1, Federico da Montefeltro's Palace at Gubbio and Its Studiolo with Olga Raggio and Martin Kemp
Tapestry of the Renaissance: Art and Magnificence with Thomas Campbell
Candace Wheeler: The Art of Enterprise of American Design, 1875 – 1900
SELECTED EXHIBITION ASSISTANCE WORK
Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis (education intern)
Carrie Mae Weems, photographer
Helio Oiticica, Brazilian installation artist
Gerhard Richter, German painter
Fluxus, international art movement
Sigmare Polke, German photographer
Lorna Simpson, photographer
Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis
Jacob Lawrence, painter and printmaker
Wanda Gag, worked on the NEH grant for the exhibit
Opening of new Frank Gehry museum and permanent collection