Independent Curators International (ICI) supports the work of curators to help create stronger art communities through experimentation, collaboration, and international engagement. Curators are arts community leaders and organizers who champion artistic practice; build essential infrastructures and institutions; and generate public engagement with art. Our collaborative programs connect curators across generations, and across social, political and cultural borders. They form an international framework for sharing knowledge and resources — promoting cultural exchange, access to art, and public awareness for the curator’s role.
Felicia Mings is an independent curator and arts educator. She is also the Inaugural Coordinator of Andrew W. Mellon Academic Programs at the Art Institute of Chicago. Here she facilitates the Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship Program and supports the development of the Chicago Object Study Initiative. Felicia received an Honors BA in Art and Art History from the University of Toronto and Sheridan College in 2008 and an MA in Visual and Critical Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) in 2014. Here she was also a recipient of the New Artist Society Scholarship and Masters of Art in Visual and Critical Studies Fellowship. Felicia’s work explores intersections between curatorial practice, art education and community development, particularly within the visual culture and vernacular practices of Afro-diasporic youth communities. Felicia has curated educational programs and exhibitions that probe discontinuities in personal and political identities, black aesthetics, and nationhood. Recently, she curated What We All Long For at SAIC’s Student Union Galleries (2014) and Fine Color a series of short films for the Chicago Home Theater Festival (2014). In addition Felicia developed and facilitated the Youth Film Club at Theaster Gates’ Black Cinema House, and served as Project Manager for the Museum of Science and Industry’s 2014 Black Creativity Juried Art Exhibition. Prior to relocating to Chicago Felicia worked with not-for-profit organizations in St. Catharines and Toronto, Canada to enhance educational attainment, access to the arts and socio-economic opportunities for youth.
In January 2015, ICI, in collaboration with Prospect New Orleans and CAC New Orleans, presents the inaugural Curatorial Intensive in New Orleans.read more »
Join the Curatorial Intensive participants on January 24, 2015 for a public symposium at CAC New Orleans.read more »