Katherine GresselCurator

Brooklyn, New York, United States
Katherine Gressel is an independent curator and writer whose practice centers around public and site-specific art. Specific topics of interest include the aesthetics of participatory and socially-engaged art, the role of artists in envisioning and shaping notions of utopia and other urban planning topics, and the evaluation of public art. Katherine has curated group exhibitions in all media, for such organizations as No Longer Empty, the FIGMENT summer-long sculpture program on Governors Island, and the Brooklyn Historical Society.
Katherine Gressel has curated site specific art exhibitions for No Longer Empty, the Brooklyn Historical Society, and the FIGMENT Summer-Long Interactive Sculpture garden on Governors Island, among others. She has received grants from the Puffin Foundation, Brooklyn Arts Council, and the Brooklyn Historical Society's Public Perspectives program for her ongoing "Brooklyn Utopias" curatorial project inviting contemporary artists to respond to urban planning issues. Her curatorial work has been recommended by Hyperallergic, Time Out New York, News 12 Brooklyn, the L Magazine, and DNAInfo. Katherine has published and presented original research on the impact of public art in the critically-acclaimed arts blog createquity.org; the Americans for the Arts Public Art Network blog, annual conference, and webinar series; the Public Art Dialogue journal; the CUNY Graduate Center art history journal and NYU’s 2008 Social Theory, Politics, and Arts conference. She was a contributing editor and writer to "Street Art: San Francisco: Mission Muralismo" (Abrams, 2009). Also a practicing artist, Katherine has exhibited her own artwork at such venues as the Brooklyn Arts Council gallery, Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn Historical Society, and City Without Walls in Newark, and was a 2008 Abbey Mural Fellow at the National Academy of Fine Arts and a 2009 CEC ArtsLink travel grantee to paint murals in Russia. Katherine has worked in arts education and artist residency program management, community outreach, and fundraising at such nonprofit organizations as Smack Mellon gallery, Times Square Alliance, Creative Time, Arts to Grow and the Urban Assembly School of Music and Art. She also runs the award-winning business Event Painting by Katherine, traveling worldwide to create live portraits of weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs and other parties, as featured in the New York Times Style Section. Katherine received her BA in art from Yale University and MA in arts administration from Teachers College/Columbia University.

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