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Curatorial Seminar Chicago, 2022

Clockwise from top left: Francine Almeda, Cristobal Alday, Pia Singh, Ciera McKissick, Gervais Marsh, Nour Ballout

Sep 10, 2022 – Dec 3, 2022

Chicago, IL, USA

Clockwise from top left: Francine Almeda, Cristobal Alday, Pia Singh, Ciera McKissick, Gervais Marsh, Nour Ballout

The 2022 Curatorial Seminar will bring together six early-career curators who are based in Chicago, as part of ICI's growing slate of initiatives in the Mississippi River Basin Region. In this eight-session professional development program, emerging curators will work closely with expert faculty to develop the tools necessary to establish a strong first-person approach to curating, and to support overlooked artists and engage with local art communities while working outside of a large institution. Participants will also regularly share their work and resources with one another, creating an affirming network of peers around shared values that can help mitigate the need for institutional validation and provide meaningful access to a broad range of perspectives and curatorial models.

From talks and readings to personal mentoring and project development, the Curatorial Seminar offers a variety of opportunities for participants to work with ICI’s network and share ideas as they advance their own curatorial practices. The program consists of a five-seminar series led by ICI staff, guest curators, artists, and other arts professionals; shared readings and suggested in-person site visits; and individual advisements sessions with mentors identified by participants and ICI staff. Throughout the three-month duration, each participant will also work on developing a project or exhibition proposal with feedback from the group and faculty members.


The Curatorial Seminar, Chicago, is made possible by a grant from the Joyce Foundation, and with the support of ICI's Board of Trustees. 

Participants
Cristobal Alday

Cristobal Alday (he/him) is a Queer Latinx curator and creative from the south side of Chicago.

Francine Almeda

Francine Almeda is a Chicago-based, Filipina-American arts organizer, administrator, and independent curator.

Nour Ballout

Nour Ballout is an interdisciplinary artist and curator based in Chicago.

Ciera McKissick

Ciera Alyse McKissick is an independent writer, curator, and cultural producer based in Chicago, and the founder of AMFM, whose mission is to promote emerging artists.

Gervais Marsh

Gervais Marsh is a writer, curator and scholar based in Chicago.

Pia Singh

Pia Singh is an art writer and independent curator based in Chicago.

Faculty and Mentors
Kate Bowen

Kate Bowen is Executive Director of ACRE, Chicago, IL.

Jay Pather

Jay Pather is a choreographer, curator and academic. Based in Cape Town, he is an Associate Professor and directs the Institute for Creative Arts at UCT, curates Infecting the City Public Art Festival and the ICA Live Art Festival.

Stephanie Koch

Stephanie Koch is a facilitator, curator, and writer based in St. Louis and Chicago.

Legacy Russell

Legacy Russell is a writer, artist, and curator. Born and raised in New York City, she is the Executive Director & Chief Curator at the Kitchen and formerly Associate Curator of Exhibitions at The Studio Museum in Harlem.