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Central Features Contemporary Art, curator Nancy Zastudil, and Independent Curators International (ICI) are partnering to initiate the Visiting Curator Series which brings 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.

After their visits, four of the five the curators will each choose one artist to mentor for the following six months. In addition to regular conversations, in-person encounters will be made possible through the duration of the program via a travel budget provided to each artist to visit their mentors in their home cities. Collaborations in Albuquerque and the curators’ hometowns are encouraged so that regional partnerships can be activated or strengthened. 

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. Curators may also travel beyond Albuquerque during their time in New Mexico to help lay the groundwork for expanding the program in subsequent years.

VCS is funded in part by Common FieldFulcrum Fund, and the FUNd at the Albuquerque Community Foundation.

Submission Process

A shortlist of artists from an open call submission process will be nominated for participation in the series by a Central Features Special Projects Advisory Council.

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.

Note: The deadline to apply to meet with Rachel Cook has already passed. The submission form, and the corresponding March 15 deadline, applies to submissions to meet with the other four curators.

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

DEADLINE: March 15, 2018

Contact us.

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Rachel Cook
Creative Director, On the Boards, Seattle, WA
Studio visit dates: February 23 & 24
Curator Talk: Friday, February 23 at Sanitary Tortilla Factory

As curator of DiverseWorks in Houston, TX, 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. 

Her writing has appeared in a number of art journals and catalogues, including Modern Painters, Flash 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. She holds a Masters from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College and a Bachelors from the San Francisco Art Institute.

Cook has recently been appointed Creative Director of On the Boards in Seattle, WA. 

Her visit is organized in partnership with ICI and with full financial support provided by Common Field.

Please note: the application cycle for studio visits with Rachel Cook has ended.

Rotem Rozental
Chief Curator, American Jewish University, Los Angeles, CA
Studio visit dates: June 15 &16
Curator Talk: Friday, June 15 at Richard Levy Gallery

Rotem Rozental is the Chief Curator of the American Jewish University in Los Angeles, CA. In this capacity, she serves as the Assistant Dean of the Whizin Center and the Director of the Institute for Jewish Creativity (IJC). She is a photo-historian, writer, and curator. Traversing the domains of technology, media and art, She has been working as a consultant, editor, writer, educator and organizer for international publications, cultural non-profits and organizations, among them Dia:Beacon, The Liverpool Biennial, The Brooklyn Institute for Social Research, and the Jerusalem Season of Culture.

Rozental's scholarly and curatorial projects have been supported by Artis, Independent Curators International, NurtureArt and the Center for Jewish History (NYC). Most recently, she curated the dual exhibition Launch Sites L.A., which expands unto two sites in Los Angeles, several countries and a number of potential universes. Her writings and academic essays appeared in magazines, journals, and publications such as Photographies, Philosophy of Photography, Artforum.com, Tablet.com, and Uncertain States. She is currently pursuing her Dissertation project, in which she explores the intersections of Zionist photographic archives, the image of the body and the writing of a national territory under the guidance of Prof. John Tagg (Binghamton University, NY). She might need more coffee. See and read more at artbound.net.

Rozental's visit is organized in partnership with ICI, with financial support provided by The Fulcrum Fund and The FUNd at the Albuquerque Community Foundation.


Patricia Cariño Valdez
Curator and Director of Public Programs, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), San Jose, CA
Studio visit dates: June 29 & 30
Curator Talk: Friday, June 29 (Location TBA)

Patricia Cariño Valdez oversees exhibition coordination including research, interpretation, and presentation of 8–10 contemporary art exhibitions per year at ICA. Additionally, she develops public engagement initiatives including ICA Live!, a performance art program, and Talking Art, a series of panel discussions and artist lectures, portfolio reviews, and workshops.

Prior to the ICA, Valdez worked at the intersection of arts and sciences as the Public Programs Coordinator and Development Specialist at the Exploratorium in San Francisco. Her curatorial projects have been held at the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, Asian Contemporary Arts Consortium, Oakland Museum of California, Pro Arts, California College of the Arts, and numerous independent galleries and art spaces in San Francisco and Oakland. She currently serves as an advisory board member of Emerging Arts Professionals San Francisco/Bay Area and is a member of the Public Art Advisory Committee for the City of Oakland.

In 2016, Valdez was selected to participate in the Independent Curators International Curatorial Intensive in Manila, Philippines.

She was born in Manila and grew up along the West Coast of the U.S. Valdez earned a BA in History of Art from the University of California, Berkeley and an MA in Curatorial Practice from the California College of the Arts.

Cariño's visit is organized in partnership with ICI, with financial support provided by The FUNd at the Albuquerque Community Foundation.

Julio César Morales
Curator, Arizona State University Art Museum/Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, Tempe, AZ
Dates of visit: June 22 & 23
Curator Talk: Friday, June 22 (Location TBA)

Employing a range of media and visual strategies, artist and curator Julio César
Morales explores issues of migration, underground economies, and labor on
personal and global scales. He is currently curator of visual arts at Arizona State
University Art Museum; was the founder and director for Queens Nails Annex, an artist-run project space in San Francisco from 2003 to 2012; adjunct professor at The San Francisco Art Institute from 2000 to 2012; and associate professor in Curatorial
Studies at The California College for the Arts from 1999 to 2010.

Morales is an advisor and writer for The San Francisco Quarterly Art Magazine; from 2008 to 2012 he was adjunct curator for visual arts at Yerba Buena Center for The Arts in
San Francisco; and was a contributing curator for the Japanese pavilion at
the 2013 Venice Biennale.

He has curated more than 100+ exhibitions to date. Highlights as a curator include solo exhibitions with Superflex, Suzanne Lacy, Mary Kelly, Nina Beier, Pedro Reyes, Miguel Calderon, Yoshua Okon, Koki Tanaka, Pablo Helguera and retrospective exhibitions of George Kuchar and Miguel Angel Rios with group exhibitions including Bay Area Now Triennale and The Jumex Collection. Morales has received grants for curatorial projects from The Rockefeller Foundation, National Endowment for The Arts, Jumex Foundation, and the Diane and Bruce Halle Foundation amoungst others. Morales’ artwork has been shown nationally and internationally.

Morales's visit is organized in partnership with ICI, with financial support provided by The Fulcrum Fund and The FUNd at the Albuquerque Community Foundation.

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Humberto Moro
Curator, SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA
Dates of visit: October 12 & 13
Curator Talk: Friday, October 12 at Tamarind Institute

Humberto Moro, (B. Guadalajara, Mexic, 198) is Curator at the SCAD Museum of Art in Savannah, GA, where he has organized solo exhibitions by Glen Fogel, Mario Navarro, Oliver Laric, Liliana Porter, Cynthia Gutiérrez, Pia Camil, Mariana Castillo Deball and Tom Bur. Moro is Curator of New Proposals and SAMPLE, sections at Zona MACO, Mexico City. He was most recently Dirrector and Curator at large for Colección Diéresis, Guadalajara. He was previously Assistant Curator and collection ordinator at Museo Jumex, Mexico City. He has curated exhibition projects such as Residual Historica Haunting at Johannes Vogt Gallery, New York; Overburden at the Hessel Museum of Art, New York; Measuring the Distance by Gonzalo Lebrija at La Casa Encendida, Madrid; and Witness of The Century at Museo de Arte de Zapopan (MAZ), Guadalajara. He was recipient of the Estancia Tabacaler research fellowship for Latin-American curator 2016, Madrid, Spain, and was part of the 7th Gwangju Biennale International Curator Course, in Gwangju, South Korea. He has written about the work of Jose Dávila, Guillermo Mora, Ana Tiscornia and Tom Burr, and published the book Possibility of Disaster by Gonzalo Lebrij, among others.

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