2019 - current
Director of Exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art (ICA at MECA)
ACOUSTIC RESONANCE, 2020
Sound travels through the air and our public spaces, and resonates in our bodies. It carries across neighborhoods and through fences - even at a distance it communicates our longings for each other and our desires for change. ACOUSTIC RESONANCE, an exhibition of sound art, foregrounds the power of sound to connect and transform us. (image courtesy the ICA at MECA, Joel Tsui)
ARTISTS: Ryan Adams, Raven Chacon, John Fireman, Matt Joynt + Josh Rios + Anthony Romero, Angel Nevarez + Valerie Tevere, Andrea Ray, Julianne Swartz, Audra Wolowiec
Some Things We Can Do Together: Megan and Murray McMillan, 2020
Constructing complex, architectural sets that become stages for video and photography, the McMillans create works that offer a window into seemingly impossible situations and magical, transportive journeys.
PLATFORM PROJECTS/WALKS: ecologies of the local, 2020
An exhibition, public artist led walks, talks, and community discussions presented over seven weeks in the summer/autumn of 2020 throughout greater Portland inviting audience to become viewer-participants in reflections, experiences, and conversations regarding our local ecologies and climate-related changes. Presented with Speedwell projects.
ARTISTS: Kim Beck, Susan Bickford with Rachel Alexandrou, Tracey Cockrell, Viviane Le Courtois, Elaine K. Ng, In Kinship Fellowship, Mihku Paul, Jan Piribeck, Julie Poitras Santos with Beverly Johnson, Asata Radcliffe, Todd Shalom, Brian Smith, Addy Smith-Reiman, John Sundling
MAKING MIGRATION VISIBLE: Traces, Tracks & Pathways, 2018
Migration, mobility, and displacement is the story of our era. Fears about human mobility and border crossers are reshaping politics; climate change promises to cause massive displacements; global leaders are scrambling to reconfigure and secure borders; people everywhere are moving to find safe lives for their families. The artists in Making Migration Visible: Traces, Tracks & Pathways challenge the idea that migration is an exception or a crisis, showing viewers that migration is now the norm, inscribed in our landscapes, memories, bodies, and imaginings.
ARTISTS: Ahmed Alsoudani, Caroline Bergvall, Edwige Charlot, Jason De León + Michael Wells + Lucy Cahill, Eric Gottesman, Mohamad Hafez, Romuald Hazoumè, Ranu Mukherjee, Daniel Quintanilla + United YES, María Patricia Tinajero, and Yu-Wen Wu.
In addition to the ICA exhibition, MAKING MIGRATION VISIBLE is a state-wide initiative featuring events by more than seventy partner organizations offering parallel exhibitions, film screenings, performances, lectures, community dinners, poetry, and more. The initiative also included a day-long symposium, ART+POLITICS, inviting leaders in the art community to speak on the role of art in cultivating spaces for civic engagement on controversial topics and sparking social change.
Co-curated with Catherine Besteman for the Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art. The exhibition was made possible in part thanks to the support of private donors, Colby College, the Lunder Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
PLATFORM PROJECTS/WALKS, 2016
A public project that engages local community in a series cross-disciplinary conversations and activities around the idea of walking as creative provocation, practice and product. The initial two-week project took place in summer 2016, in Portland, ME.
ARTISTS: Amy Stacey Curtis, Jane Burdick, Annika Earley, Nina Earley, Angela Elsworth, Megan Grumbling, Adriane Herman, Rachel Katz, Barbara Lounder, Cathleen Miller, Mitchell Rasor, Gordon Sasaki, Katarina Weslien, Deborah Wing-Sproul
Read more about the project in this article by author Jenna Crowder in The Chart, "The Ambling Aesthetics of Platform Projects/Walks"
Initial support for PLATFORM PROJECTS/WALKS 2016 was provided by SPACE Gallery through the Kindling Fund
A THICKENING RHYTHM, 2012
A project exploring the layering of meaning through the accretion of actions and time, at Coleman Burke Gallery, in Brunswick, Maine.
From catalogue essay: "The artists in A Thickening Rhythm unravel old narratives, build gardens and structures, lace together the world in a fragile web of awareness and desire, and create new territories. Contrasting the speed of our daily lives, all of these works ask of the maker and the viewer to be quiet for a time - a necessary gesture of stillness, a listening - before extending our reach into space, increasing new and multiple networks and connections. We create moments of pause and repetition, thickening places and places of stillness where methodically we build new land -- land we may employ like a raft as we proceed, break free, into new spaces, distant horizons, navigating the world." -- Julie Poitras Santos
ARTISTS: Lauren Fensterstock, Julie Poitras Santos, Carrie Scanga, Ling-Wen Tsai, Deborah Wing-Sproul