Curatorial Board

ACRE’s Curatorial Fellows are talented emerging arts organizers, independent curators, and writers who visit the residency each session during the summer to meet residents, hold studio visits, and participate in programming. Under the direction of ACRE Projects Director Kate Bowen ACRE’s Curatorial Fellows work with residents in the year following their residency to create group exhibitions and public programming. 

ACRE’s 2018 volunteer curatorial board members are:

Elizabeth Lalley

Elizabeth Lalley is a Chicago-based writer, independent curator, and the assistant director of Goldfinch Projects. She received an MA in Museum & Exhibition Studies from the University of Illinois-Chicago, and holds a BA from the University of Michingan where she received the Academy of American Poets Award. Elizabeth has worked for the Chicago Artists Coalition, the Smithsonian Center for Folklife & Cultural Heritage, and the University of Michigan Department of English. She is also a contributor to Newcity and Chicago Artist Writers.

Lauren Leving

Lauren Leving is a Chicago-based writer and curator. She graduated with a BA from Tulane University and recently received her MA in Museum & Exhibition Studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has worked as the Curatorial Fellow for Hyde Park Art Center, at 6018North, and in commercial galleries in both Chicago and New Orleans. Her research and curation investigate the intersections of contemporary exhibition practices, pedagogy, and social justice. 

Felicia Mings

Felicia Mings is the Academic Curator in the Department of Academic Engagement and Research at the Art Institute of Chicago. In this role she leads the Andrew W. Mellon Summer Academy and Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship Program and coordinates other museum initiatives that foster artist, faculty and student engagement with the museum collection. At the core of Mings’ practice is a focus on the intersections between curatorship, community-based arts education, and contemporary art of the African diaspora. As a Canadian-born and US-based curator and educator Mings earned her MA in Visual and Critical Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2014 and her Honors BA in Art and Art History from the University of Toronto and Sheridan College in 2008.

Ann Meisinger

Ann Meisinger is a New York based curator and writer who works as the Assistant Educator, Public Programs and Creative Practice at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. She is a member of the curatorial collective Third Object and currently serves as a curatorial fellow for ACRE.

Josh Rios

Josh Rios is faculty at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Northwestern University, where he teaches courses in visual and critical studies, political science fiction, and institutional critique. As a media artist and cultural critic, his projects deal with the intersection of globalization, modernity, postmodernity, and neocoloniality along the US-Mexico border. Recent exhibitions and performances have been featured at The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts (Omaha), Tufts University Art Galleries (Boston), the University of Houston (Houston), Andrea Meislin Gallery (NYC), and Sector 2337 (Chicago). Upcoming activities include a performance for the Mountain Standard Time Performative Arts Festival (Calgary, Canada), the Truth and Reconciliation Residency at the Santa Fe Art Institute (Santa Fe), and a long-term sound project made possible by a Boston Live Arts Grant (Boston). Additionally, he will chair a session at the upcoming 2019 CAA conference on critical sound practices in Latinx communities. 

Kate Sierzputowski

Kate Sierzputowski is a freelance writer and curator based in Chicago. Fascinated by artists’ studio processes, she founded the website INSIDE\WITHIN to physically explore and archive the creative spaces of Chicago's emerging and established artists. In addition to running INSIDE\WITHIN, Kate also contributes art writing to Hyperallergic, the Chicago Reader, and Teen Vogue, is a co-director of the artist-run gallery space Julius Caesar, and is half of the curatorial duo Episode with Mary Eleanor Wallace. 

Adia Sykes 

Adia Sykes is a Chicago-based curator pursuing a Masters of Arts degree (2018) in the Department of Arts Administration and Policy at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). She is a Graduate Curatorial Assistant with Sullivan Galleries and a Graduate Curatorial Fellow with the Department of Exhibitions at SAIC. Most recently she was selected to be a Curatorial Resident for the ACRE Residency Program (Chicago). Adia has a BA in Anthropology from the University of Chicago (2016) with a focus on material culture and museums. Her current research interests include examining the history and potential of curatorial practice as an advocacy tool for racial equity in the arts and racial and gendered identities explored in the visual and performative practices of emerging artists. She currently writing her thesis on formations of self-organized networks of support that exist to sustain the practices of historically marginalized artist communities and plans to create a map of this contemporary ecosystem of support that will later exist as a resource for cultural producers in the city of Chicago.