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Visiting Artists
Shannon Stratton
Chief Curator at the Museum of Arts and Design
Tuesday, August 8 at 12:00pm

Terra Hall
211 S. Broad St. Philadelphia, PA
Connelly Auditorium // 8th Floor
Shannon Stratton is the William and Mildred Lasdon Chief Curator at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) in New York City.

Stratton joined MAD after twelve years as founder and executive director of Threewalls, a Chicago-based contemporary arts organization that presents both exhibitions and public programs, and provides grants and resources to artists and other organizers through projects like The Propeller Fund and PHONEBOOK. In addition, she is co-founder of Hand-in-Glove and Common Field, a conference and national network for artists and organizers that amplifies the visibility and viability of arts organizing projects across the United States.

Stratton is also an independent curator and researcher with specific interest in fiber/material studies and artist-run organizations. Her writing on craft has been included in “Collaborations Through Craft,” (Berg Publishing, 2012) and the forthcoming “From Craftivism to Craftwashing,” (Bloomsbury, 2015). Some of her most recent curatorial projects include: Binary Lore: Edie Fake & MSHR, Philip Feldman Gallery + Project Space, Portland, OR (2012-13); Resonating Bodies, The Soap Factory, Minneapolis, MN (2013); Gestures of Resistance: The Slow Assertions of Craft, The Portland Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, OR (2010). Throughout her career she has worked with notable artists, such as William Cordova, Cauleen Smith, Daniel Barrow, and Theaster Gates, among many others. Her exhibition Faith Wilding: Fearful Symmetries, A Retrospective, Threewalls, Chicago, IL (2014) and Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA (2015) was nominated for Best Presentation in an Alternative Venue by the International Association of Art Critics (AiCA-USA).

Stratton received a BFA from Alberta College of Art and Design and an MFA in Fiber and Material Studies as well as an MA in Art History, Theory and Criticism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she currently serves as an adjunct associate professor in both departments. Over the past few years, Stratton has been named a critical studies fellow at The Cranbrook Academy Art (2012); a fellow of the NAMAC Visual Arts Leadership Institute (2011); a “Chicagoan of the year” in the arts by the Chicago Tribune (2011) and one of the top five most vital people in Chicago’s visual arts scene as well as one of its “Visual Vanguards” by NewCity (2010, 2013).