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.
A Chicago native with a childhood steeped in performing and visual arts training, Sadie Woods has had an exciting career, showcasing her talents everywhere from academia to nightclubs, boutiques to museums. As an award winning artist, curator, and deejay, Woods’ work focuses primarily on cultural memory and preservation and producing collaborations within communities of difference.
Awards and residencies include: 3Arts Make A Wave grantee; 3Arts Artist Projects grantee; Propeller Fund grantee; Ecole du Magasin Curatorial Program and Harald Szeemmann Independent Methodology publication, Grenoble, FR; Hyde Park Art Center Program; ACRE Artist-In-Resident & Marwen Alumni Scholarship recipient; Arts + Public Life Resident Curator; Nichols Tower Homan Square Resident Artist; High Concept Labs Sponsored Artist; Chicago Artists Coalition’s HATCH Projects Resident Curator; Independent Curators International Collaborator, Dakar, SN & Joyce Foundation Scholarship recipient; Bemis Center for the Arts Artist-In-Residence program recipient; Terrain-Hatch Projects Resident Curator; Terrain Biennial Curator and Artist; Ragdale Foundation Artist-In-Residence. She has exhibited her work at Adds Donna; Chicago Cultural Center; Art NXT Level Projects, Zhou B Art Center; Compound Yellow; Washington Project for the Arts; The Submission; Roman Susan Gallery; Krasl Art Center; The New Gallery, NC. She has had featured curatorial projects at Special Exhibitions EXPO; Gene Siskel Film Center Exhibition Program, among others.
Woods received her BA in Music from Columbia College and MFA in Sound from The School of the Art Institute. Sadie is currently Faculty at the School of the Art Institute, the Residents Orchestrate Project Manager at the Chicago Sinfonietta, resident dj at TAO and radio dj at WLPN-LP Lumpen Radio 105.5FM.
Curated by Sadie Woods, Hot Seven: The Chicago Breakdown examines the notion of community unique to diasporic populations in Chicago.read more »
The participants of Curatorial Intensive in Dakar will each present their exhibition and project proposals they have workshopped throughout the course of the week.read more »