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.
Jillian Schultz, originally from Chicago, recently relocated to Los Angeles after five years in Beijing, China. Experienced in exhibition/event production, curating, research, editing, public programming and museum education, Jillian is interested in exploring art as a catalyst for international exchange and cooperation. Before relocating to China, she spent five years working in Conservation and Collections Management for the Asian Art Department of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. In 2008, Jillian was a recipient of the prestigious Blakemore Freeman Fellowship for intensive Chinese language studies at Tsinghua University’s Inter-University Program. From 2009 to 2013, she acted as the Director of International Programming at Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, China’s premier nonprofit organization dedicated to the display and promotion of lens-based media. She curated and produced exhibitions for all three editions of Caochangdi PhotoSpring — Arles in Beijing, Bejing’s first international photography festival. She also oversaw the launch of Three Shadows’ revamped educational initiative, inviting leading international curators, critics, and professors to Beijing to teach local students. In addition to pursing various independent curatorial and consulting projects, she currently acts as the Managing Director for Emerging Art Leaders/Los Angeles, an organization dedicated to providing professional development, mentorship, and advocacy training opportunities for the next generation of art leaders in the Los Angeles area. She studied art history and Asian studies as an undergraduate at Tulane University and received her MA in Art History from Columbia University.
This May, ICI, in collaboration with Zoma Contemporary Art Center (ZCAC), produces the Curatorial Intensive in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.read more »