Shana Nys Dambrot is an art critic, curator, and author based in Downtown LA. She is the Arts Editor for the LA Weekly, and a contributor to Whitehot, Flaunt, Art & Cake, and Artillery. She studied Art History at Vassar College, writes book and catalog essays, curates and juries exhibitions, is a dedicated Instagram photographer and author of the experimental novella Zen Psychosis (2020, Griffith Moon), and speaks at galleries, schools, and cultural institutions nationally. She is a member of ArtTable and the LA Press Club, and sits on the Boards of Art Share-LA and the Venice Institute of Contemporary Art, the Advisory Council of Building Bridges Art Exchange, and the Brain Trust of Some Serious Business.
I was a Finalist and won Second Place in the LA Press Club National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards, Best Critic (Art/Books) category!
I joined the Board of Directors of Art Share-LA.
Both my Main Museum and Mixografia stories on KCET's Artbound appeared in the top ten art stories of the year (2016).
I was honored to be included in the special MOAH/Eric Minh Swenson project dedicated to portraits of Los Angeles Art Stars -- who all happened to be ladies! (Spring 2016)
My F. Scott Hess story was the Top Art Story of 2015 on KCET's Artbound.
FASHIONISTAS FIGHT BACK! at OCCCA Santa Ana was reviewed in The LA Times. (November 2015)
I joined the ADC Building Bridges Advisory Board. It's a huge honor, and I can't wait to start sharing more exciting news.
I was interviewed by a very talented journalism major, for a Campus Times profile on friend of this page, the intrepid ocean-going painter Danielle Eubank.
Vice named me a Top 5 Art Mind to Watch in 2016.
I was featured in a Very Short List of LA creative muses curated by Timur Bekbosunov.
Maasai Mara National Park, Kenya, 2014 - Photo by Osceola Refetoff