People / CCA Faculty
Faculty in California College of the Arts Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice comprise a core group of instructors, along with visiting and adjunct faculty, plus a unique two-year appointment of a Curator-in-Residence. Their combined expertise, experiences, and interests—from working with artists in public space, commissioning artist projects, and editing online publishing platforms to curating media arts programs and directing nonprofit arts organizations—provide students and the program with assorted perspectives on curating.
People / Faculty / Fall 2018–Spring 2019
Dena Beard is Executive Director of The Lab in San Francisco. She received her MA in Art History, Theory, and Criticism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and was previously Assistant Curator at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. Dena has commissioned projects with Lutz Bacher, Ellen Fullman, Dora García, Jacqueline Gordon, Anna Halprin, Constance Hockaday, Fritzia Irízar, Norma Jeane, Annea Lockwood, Barry McGee, Brontez Purnell, Xara Thustra, and Apichatpong Weerasethakul.
Michele Carlson is an artist, writer, curator, and educator based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is Executive Director at Art Practical, an arts publishing organization based in San Francisco, and serves as President of SoMArts Cultural Center. Michele is Associate Professor in Visual and Critical Studies at California College of the Arts.
Sara Dean is an architect and design strategist in the Bay Area. She is Assistant Professor and Assistant Chair in graduate design at California College of the Arts, and Chief Designer at Modern Empathy. Her work considers the implications of emerging digital technologies on public engagement and equity. Focused on civic and environmental adaptability and emergency, this works spans spatial and digital media, with a commitment to open-access data and crowd-production.
Claudia La Rocco is author of the selected writings The Best Most Useless Dress (Badlands Unlimited) and the novel petit cadeau (The Chocolate Factory Theater). Her poetry and prose have been published in 6X6 #34: I Like Softness (Ugly Duckling Presse), Imagined Theatres: Writing for a Theoretical Stage (Daniel Sack, ed.; Routledge), On Value (Ralph Lemon, ed.; Triple Canopy), among others. She was a critic and reporter for the New York Times from 2005 to 2015.
Maria Lind is a curator, writer, and educator based in Berlin. She was director of Tensta konsthall from 2011 to 2018, and artistic director of the 11th Gwangju Biennale; director of the graduate program, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College (2008–10); and director of Iaspis in Stockholm (2005–07). From 2002 to 2004, she was director of Kunstverein München, and in 1998 was co-curator of Manifesta 2. She is professor of artistic research at the Art Academy in Oslo. In 2010, Selected Maria Lind Writing was published by Sternberg Press. (Portrait by Bernd Krauss)
Maria Lind is the program’s 2018/19 Curator-in-Residence.
Curator Christina Linden is currently focusing on LGBTQ+ culture in California. She has curated projects at the Oakland Museum of California, Stanford University, SFMOMA, Kadist, and the Hessel Museum, and has taught at Carnegie Mellon University, SFAI, CSU, and Bard College. Her writing has been published in Art in America, Fillip, and Modern Painters. Linden holds an MA in Curatorial Studies from Bard College, and a BA in Art History from New York University. She is Associate Professor in the Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice at CCA.
James Voorhies is a curator and art historian of modern and contemporary art. He is Director of Curatorial Research Bureau, Chair of the Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice, and Associate Professor of Contemporary Art at California College of the Arts. Prior to CCA, he was Director of the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University. His practice operates under the name Bureau for Open Culture, and his book Beyond Objecthood: The Exhibition as a Critical Form was published by MIT Press in 2017.