Paradigm Lecture Series: Ariel Shanberg

Connelly Lecture Hall

Ariel Shanberg, executive director at the Center for Photography at Woodstock, will speak as part of the Paradigm Lecture Series, presented by the Photography program. Shanberg will focus on the ways artist-centered not-for-profit spaces approach curating, highlighting some of his projects as well as those of others the Center has supported. 

As executive director at the Center for Photography at Woodstock since 2003, Shanberg provides the organizational vision and leadership and working with CPW’s staff, board of directors and volunteers, brings forth CPW’s offerings in creation, discovery and learning. As CPW’s senior curator, he organizes CPW’s year-round exhibition program and invites guest curators and solo exhibition artists. In addition, he oversees CPW’s various programs including a 16-year old residency program for artists of color working in the photographic arts, a fellowship award that supports artists living and working in upstate New York, professional traditional and digital workspace, and more. He originally joined CPW as an arts administration intern in 1999.

In addition to his curatorial role at CPW, Shanberg has guest-curated exhibitions at the Dorsky Museum of Art, the Islip Art Museum, the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, the Houston Center for Photography and at the Light Factory. His writings on artists including John Coplans, Lucas Foglia, Jeff Milstein, Hillerbrand + Magsamen and Angelika Rinnhofer have been published in such publications as Aspect - The Chronicle for Media Art, Contact Sheet, European Photography, Nueva Luz, Photograph, and to accompany exhibition catalogs. He has been an invited critic & speaker at various organizations, universities and colleges including Syracuse University, Bucknell College, School of Visual Arts, FIT, Mason Gross School of the Arts and Parsons New School of Design. He has been an invited panelist and speaker at numerous public events including the inaugural UNSEEN Photo Art Fair/Festival in Amsterdam, Photo Plus Expo in NYC, and as a portfolio reviewer at FotoFest (Houston, Texas), Photolucida (Portland, Ore.), the International Center for Photography (NYC) and Rhubarb Festival (Birmingham, UK), and at Portfolio Review Russia in Moscow, among others.

Additionally, Shanberg has participated in grant review processes for the National Endowment for the Arts, Light Work, Silver Eye Center for Photography and other organizations. He is a member of En Foco’s Advisory Board.



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