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Visiting Curator Series

Central Features Contemporary Art, curator Nancy Zastudil, and Independent Curators International (ICI) are partnering to initiate a series of curatorial visits to Albuquerque, NM, with funding provided in part by Common Field and the Fulcrum Fund. The inaugural 2018 Visiting Curator Series will bring to Albuquerque a select group of curators working in the American Southwest region who will conduct studio visits with multiple local artists over the course of several months, as well as offer mentorship opportunities. During their time in New Mexico, the curators will also have the opportunity to visit Santa Fe and Taos. The first visitor in the series is Rachel Cook, curator at DiverseWorks in Houston, TX.

Additionally, each curator will give a public talk about their practice, including the artists and the sociopolitical contexts that shape their work. The series will raise awareness for the role of the curator, contribute to the advancement and dissemination of contemporary art discourse, making it accessible to a wider public, and shed light on art movements and curatorial models that are still in formation.


Artists living and working in Albuquerque, NM are eligible.

To Apply
Artists may submit a short digital portfolio and a statement of needs and expectations from the program. Please note: At this time, we are only accepting submissions for the first curatorial visit, with Rachel Cook (see below). A single, cohesive application for studio visits with the subsequent curators will be available in late 2017/early 2018 once those curators are announced. However, if you prefer not to repeat the process and wish for this submission to be considered by the other curators, you may indicate that on the form. Nancy will follow up with you. There is no fee to apply.

Selection Process
A shortlist of artists' submissions will be nominated for participation in the Series by a Central Features Special Projects Advisory Council and presented to the ICI curators who, based on their interests, will select artists with whom they would like to conduct studio visits.


DEADLINE (for visit with curator Rachel Cook, only: December 1, 2017.

Contact us.

Rachel Cook, Curator, DiverseWorks, Houston, TX.  
Dates of Visit: January 12 & 13

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As DiverseWorks Curator, Rachel Cook is passionate about the organization’s mission to “commission, produce, and present new and daring art in all its forms through innovative collaborations that honor each artist’s vision without constraint.” Her curatorial work reconsiders the relationship between images and objects, and investigates methods of delegation embedded within performative and participatory work. She has helped to organize commissioned projects with Tony Feher, Liz Magic Laser, Heather and Ivan Morison, Wu Tsang, Pepe Mar, and Chelsea Knight and Mark Tribe. Additionally, she manages a program called Diverse Discourse, selecting 2 to 3 curators each year who do 5 to 8 studio visits and deliver a free public lecture. She is also involved in the Associate Artists program, a major new initiative by Liverpool Biennial, in partnership with ICI, that pairs 10 artists from outside of London with 10 international artists for a two year mentorship. Her writing has appeared in a number of art journals and catalogues, including Modern PaintersFlash Art, and the Prospect 3 catalogue. Prior to joining DiverseWorks, Cook worked for dOCUMENTA(13)’s publication team, and was a fellow for the International Studio & Curatorial Program, New York. Cook holds a Masters from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College and Bachelors from the San Francisco Art Institute. 

Cook's visit is organized in partnership with ICI and with financial support provided by Common Field.

Thank you, partners and funders!