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.
Katherine Gressel is a NYC-based independent curator, artist and writer focused on public/site-specific art. She has received grants from the Puffin Foundation, Brooklyn Arts Council, and Brooklyn Historical Society for her original Brooklyn Utopias (BU) exhibition and programming series inviting contemporary artists to respond to urban planning issues. Katherine has produced five major BU exhibitions to date, recommended by Hyperallergic, Time Out NY, News 12 Brooklyn, and the L Magazine. Katherine was a Curatorial Lab fellow in 2013 for the NYC nonprofit No Longer Empty that brings art to vacant spaces, co-organizing a site-specific exhibition in an empty Greenwich Village storefront. For the past 3 years, she has also co-directed the FIGMENT Summer-long Sculpture Program, producing 5-10 interactive sculptures each summer on NYC’s Governors Island. She participated twice in the Museum Camp program at the Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz exploring experimental exhibition design and evaluation. Katherine has presented original research on public/community art for Createquity.com; the Americans for the Arts Public Art Network; and Public Art Dialogue. She was a contributing editor/writer to Street Art: San Francisco (Abrams, 2009) and the upcoming Blackwell Companion to Public Art.Katherine has exhibited her artwork throughout NYC and was a 2008 Abbey Mural Fellow at the National Academy and 2009 CEC ArtsLink travel grantee. She served as Smack Mellon Gallery’s education/residency program manager for 4 years and also consulted/worked for The Times Square Alliance, Creative Time, and Arts to Grow, among others. Katherine received her art BA from Yale and arts administration MA from Columbia.
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 »