CURATORIAL INITIATIVEThe Curatorial Initiative reflects DCAC’s commitment to curatorial practice as an integral part of supporting emerging and under recognized artists. Each year an apprentice curator is selected to gain experience in the process of planning and mounting an exhibition by working with an experienced mentor curator. The program results in two exhibitions each year: in the spring the mentor curator selects artists and plans the exhibition and accompanying catalogue with the assistance of the apprentice; in the autumn, the roles are reversed and the apprentice plans and executes an exhibition with the assistance and advice of the mentor.
By nurturing new curators DCAC hopes to bring fresh perspectives into our own programming while assisting a new generation of curators who will take the knowledge they gain into our arts community and beyond.
Applicants must have a strong desire to participate in the program and be willing to work with the mentor’s schedule. They should demonstrate good writing skills and an appreciation for visual art but need not have experience as a curator. Applications are reviewed by the mentor curator with the director; however the final selection is left to the curator. DCAC welcomes applications from established curators to participate as mentors and a small stipend for both curators is provided. The Curatorial Initiative was launched in 2005 with a major grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation and continues through the generous support of our members and funders.
Applications are now open for the 2019 Curatorial Initiative!
Deadline: (extended!) October 15, 2018
Mentor curator for 2019
Dawne Langford is a Washington, DC-based independent curator, documentary filmmaker, and artist. She recently completed a six month project as the director and curator for the Fundred Reserve OPEN LAB, in collaboration with Mel Chin Studios. After many years working in public media as a broadcast TV editor, she transitioned to producing, working on independent documentaries Check It, Kandahar Journals, and Finding Joseph I. Dawne also launched a curatorial initiative, Quota, dedicated to centering traditionally marginalized viewpoints in public discourse around artistic creation and representation. Currently, she is the editor on a documentary about the descendants of those enslaved by the Jesuits, in a collaboration with Georgetown University. Dawne is also working on an art publication with Provisions Library For Social Justice. Previous exhibition venues and collaborations include Transformer, SPRING/BREAK, Olly Olly, Washington Project for the Arts, Torpedo Factory, George Mason University and The Smithsonian Asian Pacific Center’s Culture Lab series, Crosslines.
CURRENTMentor curators for 2018
Tim Doud’s paintings and drawings address two seemingly distinct bodies of work, one figurative and one abstract. These bodies of works serve as a backdrop to broader discussions around constructed identities, branding and commodity culture. He graduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago with an M.F.A in Painting and Drawing. He attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, Maine. Recent exhibitions include Curator’s Office, Washington, DC, New Bedford Museum of Art, Tacoma Art Museum, Kemper Contemporary Art Museum and the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC. His work has been included in exhibitions at PS1 (MOMA) in New York City, The Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, Artists Space in New York City and the Frye Art Gallery in Seattle, Washington, Art Basel, Basel, Switzerland, Galerie Brusberg, Berlin and MC Magma, Milan, Italy. He has received grants from The National Endowment for the Arts (Arts Midwest), The Pollock Krasner Art Foundation, DC Commission for the Arts and Humanities and participated in residencies at The Banff Centre, Alberta, Canada, the Marie Sharpe Foundation’s “Space” Program in Brooklyn, NY and the Golden Foundation. Collaborative projects include ‘sindikit in Baltimore, MD and STABLE in Washington, DC.
Zoë Charlton received her MFA degree from the University of Texas at Austin and her BFA from Florida State University in painting and drawing. Charlton has participated in residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and at The Creative Alliance in Baltimore, MD. Her work has been included in national and international group exhibitions including the Contemporary Art Museum (Houston, TX), the Studio Museum of Harlem (NYC, NY), the Zacheta National Gallery of Art (Warsaw, Poland), Haas and Fischer Gallery (Zurich, Switzerland), Clementine Gallery (NYC, NY) and Wendy Cooper Gallery (Chicago, IL). Her work has been reviewed in ARTnews and Art in America. Previous experiences range from being an animator for Flat Black Films in Austin, Texas to teaching positions at Missouri State University (MO) and Southwestern University (TX). She is an Associate Professor of Art at American University in Washington, DC.
Apprentice curator for 2018
Andy Johnson is a DC-based art historian, curator, and arts writer. He is Director of Gallery 102 at the Corcoran School of the Arts & Design; contributing editor at DIRT; serves on the curatorial and sales team for Art on the Vine, hosted by the Agora Culture; is the 2018 Apprentice Curator at the DC Arts Center; and serves on ArtWorks for Freedom’s Artist Activist Advisory Council. His academic and curatorial practice centers on queer, feminist, and black feminist theories, critical race theory, cultural studies, sexuality studies, photography, video, performance art, and visual culture. He has presented research and spoken on panels at universities, galleries, and museums including Rutgers University, University of Georgia, UC Santa Barbara, GW, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, GW Museum and DuPont Underground. He has published articles, exhibition reviews, and catalogue essays with DIRT, The Chart, Common Field’s Field Perspectives, Gallery 102, and DCAC. He has upcoming exhibitions with Washington Project for the Arts, and the Agora Culture. He holds a M.A. in Art History from The George Washington University.
PAST EXHIBITIONS + CURATORS
2006: Hystoria: James Mahoney (Lisa McCarty, mentee)
2006: Space of Change: Margaret Boozer and Clare Huschle (Anne Surak, mentee)
2006: Sea to Shining Sea: Ori Sotles (Cara Ober, mentee)
2007: American Icons through Indigenous Eyes: Suzan Shown Harjo (Liz Flyntz, mentee)
2007: American Idolatry: Anne Surak
2007: By Chance: Lisa McCarty
2007: Jolly Cowboy: Cara Ober
2007: Sloganeers: Liz Flyntz
2008: Astral Bodies: James Mahoney (Ellen Tani, mentee)
2008: Kid Mutiny: Ellen Tani
2009: Gift Exchange: Laura Roulet (Landria Shack, mentee)
2009: Poetics of Material: Landria Shack
2010: Abstract Realities: Trudi Van Dyke (Pam Rogers, mentee)
2010: Elements: Pam Rogers
2011: Recollections: Isabel Manalo (Metasebia Yoseph, mentee)
2011: Organic Plasticity: Metasebia Yoseph
2012: Zeitgiest; Too Much Information: Ellen Weiss and Sondra Arkin (Amanda Jirón- Murphy, mentee)
2012: Microscapes: Amanda Jirón – Murphy
2013: Fear Strikes Back: Helen C. Fredrick (Jessica Pavone, mentee)
2013: Non Serviam: Jessica Pavone
2014: (in)Visible & (dis)Embodied: Jarvis DuBois (Gia Harewood, mentee)
2014: Baggage Claim: Gia Harewood
2015: Self/Non-Self: Sequence and Abstraction: Jefferson Pinder (Kayleigh Bryant-Greenwell, mentee)
2015: Studio Sacrilege: Kayleigh Bryant-Greenwell
2016: Sip and Paint Van Gogh’s The Starry Night: Tomas Drymon (Martina Dodd, mentee)
2016: Public Displays of Privacy: Martina Dodd
2017: Macho – The Mask of Masculinity: Rebecca Cross (Sarah Burford, mentee)
2017: Denatured: Sarah Burford
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Above: Installation photo from “Re-Collections,” a solo show of work by Victoria Greising, curated by Isabel Manalo (Mentor Curator) and Metasabia Yosef (Apprentice Curator)