Inaugural Critic-in-Residence Program

Great Meadows Foundation Artist Professional Development Grants
May 2, 2017
Artist Professional Development Grant Awards January 2018
January 8, 2018

Louisville, December 29, 2017

Great Meadows Foundation is pleased to announce the inauguration of its new Critic-in-Residence program
and the selection of New York based curator Dan Cameron as the first Critic-in-Residence from February 1 until March 31, 2018.

The Critic-in-Residence program will bring a noted contemporary art curator/critic to Kentucky once a year for a two month period. Contracted to visit artists in their studios and pay critical attention to the art scene in Kentucky, the Critic-in-Residence will bring a high level of discourse to our community of artists. The goal of the residency is to help strengthen and support the growth of Kentucky artists’ work and their engagement with the larger art world. Selecting residents based on their connectedness to artists, the foundation also looks to nurture ongoing interest in and build networks for Kentucky artists among curators from other parts of the country.


About Dan Cameron

Dan Cameron is an internationally renowned contemporary art curator, writer and educator who lives in New York City. As a curator he first came to prominence in 1982 with the exhibition Extended Sensibilities, the first-ever exhibition of gay and lesbian art in a U.S. museum, at the New Museum of Contemporary Art. In 1986 he gained international acclaim for his exhibition Art and Its Double at the Fundacion ‘la Caixa’ in Barcelona and Madrid.

Cameron was appointed Senior Curator at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in 1996—a post he held until 2005—where he helped raise the profile of the institution internationally, curating exhibitions by renowned artists while consistently maintaining a high level of exposure for younger artists. From 2006 to 2011 Cameron’s attention was devoted to founding and providing artistic and executive direction for Prospect New Orleans, the largest survey of international contemporary art in the U.S. This triennial, which is now in its fourth iteration, was conceived as a means of bridging the gap between the city of New Orleans in its post-Katrina state of neglect and disrepair. Opening in 2008, Prospect 1 exhibited works by 80 artists from 40 countries and attracted more than 50,000 visitors. From 2007 until 2011 Cameron also served as the Visual Arts Director at the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) in New Orleans. Then, as Chief Curator at the Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA), from 2012 to 2015, he oversaw an ambitious expansion of scholarship on the museum’s Permanent Collection and relaunched the museum’s signature California Biennial as the California-Pacific Triennial.

In 1988, Cameron was invited to be the first-ever US commissioner for the Aperto section of the Venice Biennale. Subsequently he has served as Artistic Director for the 8th Istanbul Biennial (2003), co-curator for the Taipei Biennial (2006), and curator for the XIII Bienal de Cuenca in Ecuador (2016). Presently he is working on a Midwestern Biennial, Open Spaces: A Kansas City Arts Experience, to be launched in 2018.

Along with his ongoing curatorial projects, Cameron is a widely published art critic, with several hundred book, magazine and catalog essays to his credit. Along with teaching on the graduate faculties of Columbia University, NYU and the School of Visual Arts, Cameron is a frequent lecturer at museums and university campuses around the world. He currently serves on the Advisory Boards of the Madison Park Art Conservancy in NYC and the ARC/Athens Artist Residency in Greece. He has received numerous awards for his curatorial and scholarly work, most recently the 2010 Service to the Arts Award by the Anderson Ranch in Aspen, Colorado, and the 2015 Eminent Scholar award from the American Cultural Association/Popular Culture Association.


Great Meadows Foundation partners with INhouse

The 2018 Great Meadows Foundation Critic-in-Residence program is supported, in partnership, by INhouse, an initiative of Louisville art collector and philanthropist Brook Smith. As part of this program INhouse will provide a base for Mr Cameron for the two months of his residency.

The mission of INhouse is to enrich our community by supporting creativity and imagination on both a local and international level, and to bring exciting new cultural ideas to life.