Laura and Kayleigh
Laura Roulet: Independent Curator, VisArts Artist Advisory Council & Windgate Foundation Curator/ Mentor; Kayleigh Bryant- Greenwell: Windgate Foundation Emerging Curator 2015
What Laura and Kayleigh love about VisArts? Support from VisArts & the Windgate Charitable Foundation toward launching careers for emerging curators.
What is a curator? According to curator/mentor Laura Roulet, “curators serve a vital role as intermediaries between visual artists and audiences to help interpret and translate what an artist is trying to convey”. Kayleigh Bryant-Greenwell, VisArts Emerging Curator, adds “curators help to present artists and their ideas to audiences”. Why support emerging curators? Kayleigh has learned that there’s not a “job” ready and waiting for you once you’ve completed your studies. Emerging curators need to be inventive and think outside the box. They need to network like crazy to make this career path a reality.
The generous two-year grant VisArts received from the Windgate Charitable Foundation is providing opportunities for two curatorial fellows to work with an experienced curator on all aspects of managing community-based galleries to build on their academic training and help them develop the skills and tools needed for employment.
Kayleigh completed degrees in Art History and Museum Studies before jumpstarting her curatorial career by “stumbling” into freelance writing for online arts publications. She earned the trust of the artists as she covered their gallery shows and networked with them which ultimately resulted in her first curatorial job.
Both Laura and Kayleigh feel that VisArts’ Gallery Program has so much to offer curators, artists and visitors: exceptional exhibition space; rich, varied, high quality contemporary art exhibitions; opportunities to network with local and regional artists; and, close relationships with local arts education programs such as the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and Montgomery College.
Kayleigh feels “VisArts is the only place where contemporary art is happening in Montgomery County!” and is very grateful to have been selected for this professional development opportunity so early in her career.
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