The role of a curator or exhibition director involves forethought and outstanding organizational and managerial skills. It is a unique balance as an advocate, fundraiser, project manager, writer, friend and producer. He or she must be able to research an exhibition subject; select work based on composition, technique and theme; and produce dynamic, visitor-focused exhibitions. The curator also needs to efficiently oversee preparation for exhibits, including the management of employees, student assistants, and volunteers.
I believe a successful show is one that is engaging, educational, and thought-provoking for a variety of audiences. As a gallery curator, I strive to be the best possible mediator between the art and the viewer. For me, that means creating exhibitions that engage and inform the academic and the public community. I feel that all exhibitions, no matter their size or length of time on display, should include additional elements of educational programming, going beyond didactic materials and catalogs. Lectures, films, visiting artists, mobile app tours, and workshops, as well as making myself available for offering insight or answering questions about the exhibit, are exceptional ways to achieve this objective.