Maasai Mara National Park, Kenya, 2014 - Photo by Osceola Refetoff

Shana Nys Dambrot

 Art Critic & Curator

 Based in Downtown Los Angeles, SND is currently LA Editor for Whitehot Magazine, Contributing Editor to Art Ltd., and a contributor to KCET’s Artbound, Flaunt, Huffington Post, The Creators Project, Fabrik, VS., Palm Springs Life, Art & Cake, and Porter & Sail. She studied Art History at Vassar College, writes loads of essays for art books and exhibition catalogs, curates and/or juries a few exhibitions each year, sometimes publishes short fiction, and speaks in public at galleries, schools, and cultural institutions nationally.


CURATORIAL PROJECTS


April 2017: Artistic Curator for M.A.R.S. Festival, featuring video, performance, installation, and fashion artists in the Arts District, DTLA, April 14-23, 2017.


August 2016: Feminist Variations at the Loft at Liz's. Susan Melly, Annie Terrazzo, Victor Wilde, Carol Sears, Peter Walker, and Lauren Kasmer look at how the female body occupies physical and ontological space. || My co-curator Susan Melly and I were interviewed on the progressive radio show FEMINIST MAGAZINE on KPFK. The program is archived as a podcast, and available on Soundcloud. DiversionsLA and ForYourArt both covered the show on their site.


August 2016: Art Share-LA's SPECTRA was reviewed by DiversionsLA.


August 2016: Juror for Darkroom Gallery's ENVIRONMENTAL PORTRAITURE exhibition. Winners announced Sept. 2016.


July 2016: Art Share-LA's FLIGHT PATTERNS was reviewed by DiversionsLA.


March 2016: Elected to the Advisory Board of Building Bridges Art Exchange.


January 2016: Photographer Osceola Refetoff and Painter Scott A. Trimble at Chungking Studio: FACEBOOK EVENT

(Reviewed in DiversionsLA.)


2015: FOCUS photoLA Juror


October 2015: FASHIONISTAS FIGHT BACK! at OCCCA, Santa Ana, Juror. (Reviewed in The LA Times.)


September 2015 : CONTINENTAL DRIFT, at CMay Gallery


April 2015: Magic Realism: Bill Leigh Brewer and Osceola Refetoff at Chungking Studio, Curator and Essayist


March 2015: Beverly Hills Art Show juror


March 2015: MOAH Lancaster Open Show Juror


Feb. 2015: Open Show Juror, LACDA (LA Center for Digital Art)


2014-- ART SHARE LA gallery exhibition committee, a non-profit culture center in the Arts District producing 10-12 open-call exhibitions each year. Elected to the Board of Directors January 2017.


2014-- Los Angeles Plein Air Festival Judge, 2014, 2015, 2016


Summer 2014: Your Daily Photograph guest curator.


2014-15 LA WEEKLY ARTOPIA --EVENT CURATOR/PRODUCER


October 2012: THE FIVE SPOT: Abstract Art About Television & Desire, at AndrewShire Gallery


April 2012: LOOKING GLASS at the Analog Salon, All-Photography Show for MOPLA. Featuring: Viggo Mortensen, Gary Baseman, Suzanne Adelman, Jody Zellen, Sam Comen, Marjan Vayghan, Lawren Alice, Mark Schumacher & Scott Elgart, Sara Jane Boyers, Emily Bradley, Johhny Cubert White, Jennifer Vanderpool.

May 2012: UNSETTLED: The Art of Vincent Sabella. Exhibition and Catalog Essay for solo show at Edgar Varela Fine Arts       


2012: Santa Monica College Art Mentor Program End-of-Year Exhibition. Professor: Ichiro Irie


2011-15: RAW Natural Born Artists: National Visual Art Judge annual competition


2010-12: Art Curator, Artistic Soirees in the Composer's Den monthly salon series.


October 2010: Ghost Stories: Happenings, Hauntings & Curiosities, inaugurating the Beacon Arts Building, Inglewood


September 2010: The Bigger Picture, at Edgar Varela Fine Arts. (Reviewed by Rene DeLoffre.)


Summer 2010: Sculpture Curator: Art Squared Gallery, Pershing Square


2010: re:Materialization, Juried Show Co-Curator, Deborah Martin Fine Art


2009: Las Vegas Contemporary Arts Center, 20th Anniversary Juried Show.


January 2009: What's the Matter with Mommy, the Hang-Over, at Phantom Galleries, Downtown LA


November 2008: What's the Matter with Mommy? at Salon Oblique


October 2008: Surface Sounding at See Line Gallery. (Reviewed by Tucker Neel in Art Lies.)

October 2008: The Bronx Zoo salon series culminating exhibition curator at Ghettogloss

July 2008: Joint Custody Project, Co-Curator, at Found Gallery


June-December 2007: “Candy Necklace” exhibition series at the Brickhouse Kitchen, Venice

May 2007: “Family Garden” at Elizabeth Paige Smith Atelier, Venice


February 2006: Patrick Collins: “Back Fence” new paintings at Another Year in LA

2005: “Betting on Our Muses”: An invitational juried drawing show in magazine form produced by Gallery Domingo


2005: Affaire in the Garden, the Beverly Hills annual art show, Juror of Paintings


Summer 2005: OutAuction 2005 benefit, art search committee

2004: Juror, La Mano Press Miniatures Invitational


2004: “Overwrought: a Modern Baroque” at SK Gallery, Venice

2004: “The Secret Life of Sets: Set Decorators at Work”, curatorial committee and Graphics Text Editor                               Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Gallery, traveled to Conde Nast Building, NYC


September 2001: Chaz Guest interdisciplinary art performance and exhibition at Crazy Space, 18th Street Arts Complex


Spring 2001: “Off The Hook: The Mixed Messages of Prostitution” a group show to benefit the Mary Magdalene Project. (Reviewed in d’Art Magazine.)


1997: Artist & Image Liaison, Lollapalooza '97, curator of original visual art for Festival Concourse


1996: Co-Curator, "Feminine Eyes Femininize Feminine I's", 6 women photographers, at half a dozen rose

1996: Co-Producer, "The Three Sons of Viracocha" performance by Laslo Nosek, at half a dozen rose


1995: Co-Producer, "Public Punishment", multimedia performances, Andras Wahorn & Laslo Nosek, at half a dozen rose





















INTERVIEWS & APPEARANCES


March 2017: Gallery talk for SMC students with Andy Moses during his 30 Survey exhibition. I'm also cited in the exhibition catalog.


March 2017: I moderated a panel discussion with aesthetic philosophers which was livestreamed from Bergamot Station to artist Kyunghwa Lee's event at Art Basel Hong Kong.


March 2017: Porch Gallery Ojai livestreamed the gallery talk with exhibiting artist Osceola Refetoff.


March 2017: SOMOS LOCOS (catalog writer) was covered in the Easy Reader News.


February 2017: Panelist at Fabrik/Building Bridges' All Women Are Dangerous photography exhibtiion.


December 20, 2016: Interviewed on KCRW's DNA podcast on the post-Ghost Ship effect on DTLA arts district development.


January 2017: LAST Projects, gallery talk with curator Mario Vasquez and exhibition artists.


January 2017:  Jill Joy Gallery, Consciousness


January 2017: Getting Attention: Is a Review All You Need? W/ Peter Frank at the stARTup Art Fair


November 2016: Artist Talk at Jill Joy Gallery feat. Jill Joy, Aline Mare, Michael Giancristiano


October 2016: Artists Talk at BLAM!


August 2016: Critics round-table discussion on public art for Frances Anderton's DNA on KCRW.


August 28, 2016: I attended the history-making event NOW BE HERE, the instantly-infamous group photo of 733 women artists, taken at Hauser Wirth + Schimmel. I was interviewed on site for the new blog Art and Cake, and spoke at a subsequent edition of the Metabolic Studio's Explorer's Club to discuss the experience. The conversation, Pictures or it Didn’t Happen, is archived on Soundcloud as well (but I think you have to be signed into your account to listen...)


Summer 2016: Ellen Schinderman interviewed about my practices as a curator for her CURATIONISM blog on the MrXStitch website.


September 2016: Interviewed on Feminist Magazine's KPFK Radio Show.


September 2016: Feminist Variations Artists + Curators Panel.


Summer 2016: Art Expert on Google Cultural Institute's original program NAME THAT ART.


August 2016: Artist talk with Benjamin Lowder and Patti Astor at OPEN MIND ART SPACE. Full conversation archived on YouTube, courtesy of Birdman.


Summer 2016: Interviewed for the new documentary film F. SCOTT HESS: RELUCTANT REALIST.


Summer 2016: Interviewed for the new EMS documentary on the painter Bibi Davidson.


July 2016: Instructor at Donkey Mill Art Center's Kīpaipai Professional Development Workshop in Kona.


July 2016: Artist Q&A post-screening with Malka Nedivi at the Skirball Cultural Institute.


July 2016: Artist Talk with Bradford J. Salamon, Dave Naz, and Oriana Small at LAUNCH LA.


June 2016: Two nights of panel discussions as part of the CALIFORNIA LOCOS Juice Magazine and Rose Room take-over in Venice Beach.

June 2016: Panel talk with the artists of IT SPEAKS TO ME at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Oxnard.

May 2016: I interviewed the musician and artist Brandon Boyd for a special Art of Elysium salon dinner sponsored by The Macallan.

April 2016: "Who Needs Art Critics?" A panel discussion organized by the PALM SPRINGS ART MUSEUM with Steven Biller, David Pagel, and moderator Donald Osborne.

February 2016: A panel discussion at the VINCENT PRICE ART MUSEUM for Linda Arreola's exhibition, with the artist, curator Bill Moreno, scholar and editor Sybil Venegas.

2016: I was interviewed for a documentary film about twin brothers and iconic artists Jerome and Joel-Peter Witkin, via Jack Rutberg Fine Arts. (The film was honored at Newport Beach Film Festival.)

2016: I was a guest on Mat Gleason's internet art-world talk show MODERN ART BLITZ.

May 2016: Artist talk at LAUNCH Gallery with Ryan McCann.

2016: Eric Minh Swenson made a short film on the painter Susan Lizotte, in which I talk too much but we have a good time with New Medievalism.


April 2016: Guided docent tour at Photo Independent Fair. (Highlight video out now.)

March 2016: Artist talk with Nurit Avesar, at the Neutra Institute in Silverlake.

February 2016: Awards Committee: Cleveland Creative Workforce Fellowships.


February 2016: Artist Talk Wyatt Mills at Project Gallery

January 2016: Justin Bower artist talk and catalog essay MOAH Lancaster.

January 2016: photoLA panel"The Aesthetics of Activism" with Jay Mark Johnson, Zoe Crosher, Austin Young, and Osceola Refetoff.

January 2016: Bonita Helmer artist talk at George Billis Gallery.

January 2016: Art Critic Roundtable at the stARTup Art Fair organized by Peter Mays, Executive Director, Los Angeles Art Association.

January 2016: LA Art Show panel and catalog essay, Riccardo Mannelli at Building Bridges Art Foundation.

November 2015: Museum Talk: The Love/Hate relationship between art and criticism, at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art.


September 2015: Featured guest on This is the City podcast about the ever-changing quality of art and life in DTLA.

September 2015: Dina Herrmann artist talk at the Neutra Institute, Silverlake.

September 2015: IPA/Lucie Foundation Awards Judge (2015, Books Category)


June 2015: Record Breakers: The Fine Art of Album Covers panel moderator, Forest Lawn Museum


Summer 2015: Artist Conversation: Mikael B. and Thomas Fryd at Project Gallery


April 2015: Bradley University Visiting Lecturer, Peoria

March 2015: Talk: The Love/Hate relationship between art and criticism, at East Side Art Exchange, DTLA.


February 2015: Panel talk, Jay Mark Johnson, photography, mathematics and classical music at the Colburn School


January 2015: photoLA panel: When & How to Self-Publish


January 2015: LA Art Show panel: Cuban Art Now


January 2015: LA Art Show panel: Public Art in Los Angeles


2014-15: Featured in Evan Senn's Life of a (Female) Artist


October-November 2014: Interviewed on KCRW's DNA with Frances Anderton (Oct: Robbie Conal; Nov: Art Basel Miami)


Sept. 2014: Los Angeles Art Association Art Career Seminar


August 2014: Artists Talk The Clayton Brothers & Aaron Smith at Mark Moore Gallery


August 2014: Artist Talk Jane Szabo at LACDA (and exhibition essay)


June 2014: Artist Talk Allison Torneros at Project Gallery


June 2014: Artist Talk JonMarc Edwards at Coagula Curatorial

May 2014: Artists talk with Alex Couwenberg & Lisa Bartelson at LAUNCH Gallery

May 2014: Los Angeles Art Association Art Career Seminar

May 2014: REDDIT Ask Me Anything (#AMA)


March 2014: Conversation Moderator, Moby and Shepard Fairey at Project LA Gallery

Spring 2014: Featured Media Panelist, AICAD Development Conference,  Art Center College of Design

2013: Featured Speaker, Ojai Art Festival. Art from Trash panel: YOUTUBE.

2013: Featured Guest, POETISCAPE Radio Program, Interviewed by Rich Ferguson. FULL EPISODE.

2012-13: Featured Speaker, DIEM (Design Intersects Everything Made) Festival.

--2013: Public Access Limited? LA's New Era of White-box Warehouse Galleries, at Woven Accents. Panel Moderator.
--2012: Tempest in a Furry Teacup? Art, Entertainment & Emotion in LA Museums, at Minotti Design. Dialog with Frances Anderton.


2010-14: Panelist, Contemporary Art Conversations. #3, at the Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, #5 at Lawrence Asher Gallery, #6 at Edgar Varela FIne Art, #11, at CB1 Gallery; #12 at Jack Rutberg Fine Arts; #13 at Offramp Gallery; #14 at CB1 Gallery; #15 at Robert Berman Gallery, #16 at CB1 Gallery, #17, Pasadena Museum of California Art, #18, Loft at Liz's (October 22, return after a 2-year hiatus)

September 2012: Reader, Madwoman in the Attic, reading series organized by Lezley Saar during her exhibition at Merry Karnowsky Gallery

March 2012: Featured Speaker, Dana Ross' Culture and Music event hosted by The Rubix Hollywood

2012: Reader, Henry Miller Readings & Ping-Pong Tournament for Tim Youd's exhibition "Coney Island of the Mind" at Coagula Curatorial

2012: Conversation with Edward Walton Wilcox, at Merry Karnowsky Gallery.

2012: Moderator, Beyond the Image, All-Photography exhibition artists' panel, curated by Dale Youngman for MOPLA

2012: photoLA docent

2012: Festival Correspondent, Pacific Standard Time Performance and Public Art Festival

September 2011: Moderator, Libros Schmibros Public Engagement: CAR SCHMAR with DJ Waldie, Marisela Norte & Richard Rayner, at the Hammer Museum

October 2011: Panelist, The Analog Salon at the Stealth Building

September 2011: Artist conversation Julia Schwartz: The Hollow Sea at Bleicher Gallery La Brea

September 2011: Panelist, Adi da Samraj, Sundaram Tagore Gallery

July 2011: Panelist, Art Share LA: Downtown Legends

June 2011: Artist Conversation, Edward Walton Wilcox at Merry Karnowsky Gallery


February 2011: Panelist, Cal Arts Writing MFA Visiting Artist Lecture Series

2010: Special Guest Lecturer, University of Akron MFA Program (Lari Pittman).

2010: Panelist at Beacon Arts Building exhibition closing receptions, Peter Frank's "Densities," David Pagel's "Pieceable Kingdom," Mat Gleason's Tel-Art-Phone

2010: Panelist, Jay Mark Johnson: Beyond Spacetime, Limited Edition Video

October 2010: Featured Speaker, Emerging Arts Leaders LA Creative Conversations Conference at the Getty Center

September 2010: Panelist, Exhibiting & Exposure at Downtown Art Center Gallery

March 2010: Artillery Magazine Art Debates Round 2, at the Downtown Standard

March 2010: Panelist: Showing Art in a Domestic Setting, Marine Salon

2010: Presenter, X-TRA's One Image, One Minute, at the Pacific Design Center/Art Contemporary LA Art Fair

March 2010: Presenter, Sea & Space Explorations ASAP: Three Hour Tour at the Torrance Art Museum

2010: J. David Carlson and Michael Dotson artists in conversation series at Lawrence Asher Gallery

2010: Panelist, Jay Mark Johnson: Beyond Spacetime, at the Edye Stage, Broad Art Center

December 2009: Radio Interview: Off-Ramp Internet Radio

2009: Live at Lunch conversation series:
--Marcus Miceli of AIR Properties

--Bill Bush and Ashley McLeanEmenegger

2009: Artist conversation with Lisa Adams at Lawrence Asher Gallery

2009-10: GYST artist workshops, Cal Arts

2009: College Art Association Conference, Panel Co-Chair: Just Another Critical Day in Paradise: Art Writing in Los Angeles.

2008: Panelist:  Collecting Contemporary Urban Art, Panel at Bonham & Butterfield w/ Seth Carmichael, Shepard Fairey, Jon Reiss, and Charming Baker

July 2008: Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Guest Lecturer with artist Jennifer Vanderpool

December 2007: Everyone's a Critic, featured speaker, Art Spoken Here lecture series at TAG Gallery

2007: Panelist: PSFK Conference LA, “What Happens in LA Stays in LA”

February 2007: Featured Speaker, Atelier Zero Artist Survival Workshops at Pharmaka

September 2006: Panelist, Art and Digital Media, Gallery 825

May 2005: Venice Art Walk, Invitation and Fringe Tour Brochure Text & Studio Docent (Marischa Slusarski)

2005: Guest Lecturer, UC Santa Barbara, undergraduate seminar, Critical Theory

2005: Guest Lecturer, Otis College, continuing arts education seminar

2004: Venice Art Walk, Invitation and Fringe Tour Brochure Text & Studio Docent (Andy Moses)

2003: “Art Critics Uncensored”, at CalArts (April) and Bergamot Station (July) with Bruce Bauman, Peter Frank, George Melrod & Holly Myers

1998-2000: Venice Art Walk Silent Auction & Docent Tour Committee(s) Member

1998: Producer/Panelist, Califragile Sideshows Low-Brow Art Panel Discussion, L.A.

1997: Presenter  Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles, "Breakout" Panel Discussion Moderator featuring Robert Williams, Mark Ryden, Rob & Christian Clayton and Eric White