Mentor curator for 2017: Rebecca Cross

Currently Rebecca Cross is the owner and director of the Cross MacKenzie Gallery in Georgetown, Washington, DC and has curated and presented over 100 solo and group exhibitions and represented her artists at multiple art fairs since 2006.

Cross is a painter, sculptor, mural painter, ceramicist and designer. She received her B.A. from Bennington College, VT., studied sculpture at St. Martin’s School of Art, London and received her M.A. in painting from The Royal College of Art, London in 1982.

While living in London’s East End Wapping Metropolitan Wharf studio, Cross assisted renowned British sculptor, Sir Anthony Caro for 2 years. She has exhibited paintings and sculpture in numerous group and solo shows and her work is in dozens of public and private collections including – the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery, Washington DC, The American Embassies in Nicaragua and Colombia, The DC Convention Center, and The Contemporary Arts Society in London, UK. Cross’ ceramic designs have been represented by, among others, Barney’s NY and the Guggenheim Museum Shop. Her awards include two artist fellowship grants from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts, a grant from the Scandinavian American Society and a McDowell Colony Fellowship. Cross designed sets and costumes for Boston Ballet Rox's production "The Urban Nutcracker" presented at the Hancock Theatre (and Norway's Bresee Dance Kompani's production of “Unstill Lives” and “Daily News” presented at The Black Box Theatre, Oslo, and at the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theatre in Washington, DC.

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Apprentice curator for 2017:

Sarah Burford

Sarah Burford is an arts administrator and curator based in Washington, DC. Her work is focused on the belief that art can serve as a powerful tool to strengthen communities and visualize social and cultural change. She has served as a curatorial and research assistant on exhibitions including Barbara Kasten: Stages at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, and Chagall and the Artists of the Russian Jewish Theater, 1919-1949 at The Jewish Museum in New York. She is currently a Media Arts Specialist at the National Endowment for the Arts, where she manages a portfolio of grants for arts organizations across the country working with film, video, and electronic media initiatives. Previously, she coordinated visual artist fellowships at the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. 

Burford holds an M.A. in History of Art from Bryn Mawr College, and a B.A. in Art History from Swarthmore College. Her writing and research projects focused on photography, collage, film, and video have been published in the exhibition catalogue Barbara Kasten: Stages and in Philadelphia's Title Magazine. Her artistic pursuits include work with altered books, mixed media sculpture, and woodblock printmaking. 

 

 

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