Workshop – The Questions of Curating in ECOLOGY

In this highly interactive, online workshop, participants will work collaboratively to apply the curatorial process to design and create compelling projects in the field of ecology. During the workshop, participants will work in small online groups to develop their ideas by collectively discussing a series of guided questions. At the end of the course, participants will get the opportunity to review their exhibition or project proposal with leading curators.

The process we will follow is designed to demystify the curatorial process, and every workshop run to date has resulted in significant participant-developed exhibitions. Given the unprecedented times we are living through, we ask participants to choose between creating either an online or a socially distanced real-life project. The online workgroups will be formed to connect participants following like-minded paths.

Feedback from previous Questions of Curating workshops can be found here.

Who Should Attend? Anyone who either wants to build an exhibition-making practice in the area of ecology or who wants to create new ecological projects by applying proven curatorial principles.

Dates for online sessions:

Four Weekly sessions – 6-8 pm on Mondays from October 26 to November 16

Review session with leading curators – 2-5 pm, Sunday, November 22

Maximum number of participants – 16

(note that workgroup size will be ~8 participants)

Cost – $40 (individual, waged) / $20 (individual unwaged)


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Instructor Bios: Steve Panton is the founder of 2739 Edwin and 9338 Campau Galleries, and a co-founder of the Detroit art writing, educational, and curatorial collective Essay’d. He is the originator of the Questions of Curating workshops and the inaugural curator of the innovative Art@TheMax program at Detroit’s Orchestra Hall. Outside of art programming, he has an extensive background in technology, engineering, and education.

Bridget Quinn is an artist and environmental justice activist. She has a master’s degree in fine art from the University of Michigan and has studied environmental psychology and forest therapy. Her multimedia projects focus on rediscovering everyday ecologies as sites of reciprocal healing between self, community, and environment. Her work has been displayed nationally and internationally and has resulted in the remediation of environmental pollution in her adopted home town of Warren, Michigan. She collaborates with others using the name the A.W.E. Society.

Credits: This project is supported by the Erb Foundation