Free and open to the public, the curator talks provide an excellent opportunity to learn more about the artists and artworks featured in the WPA Auction Exhibition, as the participating curators share their thoughts on the works they’ve selected for the exhibition and answer questions from the audience.

Participating Curators

Danny Simmons, Monday, April 4, 6:30pm

Danny Simmons is a painter and poet author. He also heads two NYC galleries, Rush Arts in Chelsea, and Corridor Gallery in Brooklyn. He is the founder and Co-chair of Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, which provides opportunities to emerging artists and runs Rush Education, which provides Art Ed in five NYC schools and Saturday programs for the Rush Kids in the Corridor Gallery. He is the author of six published books of fiction and poetry and creator of the series Def Poetry Jam, which won both a Tony and a Peabody award. He is the Former Chairman of the New York State Council on the Arts and a board member of the Brooklyn Museum, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and the New York Foundation of the Arts, among other organizations. He holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration and an Honorary PhD in Fine Arts from Long Island University. He has recently relocated to Philadelphia and is opening a third gallery there.

Virginia Treanor, Monday, April 4, 7:00pm

A native Washingtonian, Ginny has worked in a number of museums in DC including the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Gallery of Art. She received her MA in Art History in 2002 from American University, and completed her PhD in 2011 from the University of Maryland, where she specialized in seventeenth-century Dutch art. 

Ginny has worked at the National Museum of Women in the Arts as Associate Curator since 2012. There, she has worked on exhibitions on a wide array of time periods, subjects, and media. Most recently, she curated “Organic Matters—Women to Watch 2015,” an exhibition of contemporary paintings, photographs, ceramics, videos, and taxidermy. 

Kimberly Gladfelter Graham, Wednesday, April 6, 6:30pm

Determined to be a scientist, Kimberly won a coveted apprenticeship with a biochemical pharmacology research laboratory and declared a Biology major in college. However, in looking for contrast to the dense, left-brain coursework of her declared pursuits, she took an Art History class. The rest, as they say, is history.

Since that fateful course, Kimberly has progressed from running the Dwight Frederick Boyden Gallery at her alma mater, to being a registrar for the Dr. Norton & Nancy Dodge Collection of Soviet Non-Conformist Art, serving as Assistant Director of The Art Gallery at the University of Maryland, being Director of Hemphill Fine Arts, and operating 1013 Artistry as an independent curator, educator, and art consultant. She has had the privilege of working with a wealth of talented artists, astute collectors, dynamic gallerists, innumerable art enthusiasts, and tons of people who give their time and energy to “make it all happen,” such as preparators, education specialists, and art shippers.

She’s never looked back on her decision to change majors, or regretted her choice of careers.  Well… hardly ever.

Arnold J. Kemp, Wednesday, April 6, 7:00pm

Arnold J. Kemp is the recipient of awards and fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the Joan Mitchell Foundation, Artadia Fund for Art & Dialogue, Art Matters, Printed Matter, and the American Academy of Poets. His artworks are in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Studio Museum in Harlem, and the Berkeley Art Museum. Arnold has presented performance-lectures at the Bowery Poetry Club, Banff Centre, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Portland Art Museum, and California College of the Arts.

Bree Pickering, Friday, April 8, 7:00pm

Bree Pickering is the Executive Director at Vox Populi, an artist collective and contemporary art space in Philadelphia. For over a decade, Bree has worked with artist-run and collective contemporary art spaces across Australia and the United States, and most recently has held program management positions at the Australian Embassy in Washington, DC, and the Anna Schwartz Gallery in Sydney, Australia. Bree's academic background is in social and cultural history, which continues to inform her engagement with alternative programming in contemporary practice.

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