Maiza Hixson

Maiza Hixson is a performance artist and curator currently based in Santa Barbara, CA. She is the resident Chance Encounter Specialist at the Santa Barbara Center for Art, Science, and Technology (SBCAST), a solar-powered, live/work community. Her most recent performances at SBCAST include: Dream Disaster; Running For Office; and Art Movement Desensitization and Recall (AMDR Therapy). Her most recent curatorial projects include: Campos de Ensueños: The Photography of Antonio Arredondo Juarez and Ricardo Palavecino for Channing Peake and Betteravia Galleries in Santa Barbara County and Welcome to the Anthropocene for Gallery 110 in Seattle, WA. While serving as Chief Curator of the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts (DCCA) from 2010-2015, Hixson organized such exhibitions as Radical Participation: A Series of Four Interactive Exhibitions funded by the Andy Warhol Foundation; Wilmington Trap Stars: A Street Art Exhibition and Young Country: On Rural Themes in Art. Prior to working for the DCCA, she was a curatorial assistant at the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia and served as Associate Curator of the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati from 2006-2009 where she curated group and solo exhibitions including American Idyll: Contemporary Art and Karaoke and Marilyn Minter: Chewing Color. Hixson’s experimental curatorial video work, Oh Boy: On Men and Masculinity was featured in the People’s Biennial curated by Jens Hoffman and Harrell Fletcher, which traveled to five contemporary art museums across the United States between 2010-2012. Hixson is also co-founder of the conceptual art space, The Shaft, with Lauren Ruth. As part of The Shaft, Hixson has performed at the Brooklyn Museum of Art; Cannonball, Miami; The Koban in Baltimore; Little Berlin Gallery in Philadelphia; and Soap Factory, Minneapolis. Hixson studied Art History, Theory, and Criticism and Performance at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She received an M.A. in Critical and Curatorial Studies from the University of Louisville and holds a B.A. in French.

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2015 Fall Curatorial Intensive Symposium

Participants of the Fall Curatorial Intensive will present their exhibition and project proposals, which they have been developing for the program.

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Curatorial Intensive in New York

This September, ICI produces the Curatorial Intensive in New York, offering curators the opportunity to discuss the concepts, logistics, and challenges of organizing exhibitions, public programs, and other curatorial models.

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Initiated by Curator Maiza Hixson, imPERFECT CITY is a discursive, durational process for generating community within the museum that ultimately directs its gaze to long-term, local civic engagement.

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Curating Beyond Exhibition-Making

This fall Independent Curators International (ICI) produces the Curatorial Intensive: Curating Beyond Exhibition-Making, the first short course to offer training to curators on the concepts and logistics of organizing public events, workshops and other discursive program formats.

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