Shannon Stratton, Curator Talk | Kent State University

Shannon Stratton, Curator Talk

Center for the Visual Arts
CVA 165

Shannon Stratton, photo by Claire Britt

Our next talk for the Friday Lecture Series will feature curator from the Museum of Art and Design (MAD) in New York City, Shannon Stratton. Her talk, titled "Desire Trails: A Winding Path Through the Visual Arts" will take place on Thursday, May 3 at 4:00 p.m. in room 165 at the Center for the Visual Arts (325 Terrace Drive). All curator and artist talks are free and open to all. (This event has been rescheduled from the original April 6 date.)

Shannon R. Stratton has worked in the visual arts as an artist, writer, curator, professor, publisher and arts administrator with an emphasis on artist-run initiatives and concepts in contemporary craft.

After completing her MFA in 2003 she co-founded the artist-run organization, Threewalls (Chicago), where she was artistic and then executive director for 12 years. At Threewalls, she organized exhibitions with over 100 artists; created The Propeller Fund award in collaboration with Gallery 400 for artist’s self-organizing; conceived and published 4 volumes of PHONEBOOK, a national guide to grass-roots and artist-run organizations across the US; and co-organized the first Hand-in-Glove conference which would lead to the founding of Common Field, a national organization in support of artist-focused organizations.

In 2015 she left Threewalls to assume the role of Chief Curator at The Museum of Arts and Design in New York and pursue her interest in the future of craft. At MAD she has reimagined the artistic vision of the institution, programming the exhibition calendar, including curating four exhibitions, from fall 2015 until present.

She continues to organize exhibitions independently, with a particular research interest in expanded concepts of the self-taught and grass-roots cultural production. 

Images: Top: "Party As Form" is a work of experimental pedagogy at Oxbow School of Art on social practice through the lens of the party or other social gatherings. 2013 & 2014, Photo of Shannon Stratton by Claire Britt.

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