Maasai Mara National Park, Kenya, 2014 - Photo by Osceola Refetoff
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.
January 2020: Zen Psychosis, experimental fiction; photography by Osceola Refetoff. Griffith Moon Publishing.
January 2018: Your Daily Photograph "The New Pictorialists" (co-curator, including one original image)
December 2017: Gallery Also "Mistakes" curated by Sarah Elise Abramson (photographs exhibited).
February 2015: Gabba Gallery "Curate This (Part Deux)" examined the personal art work of curators and other art-world professionals who aren't known for being artists. I showed three photographs. The show was reviewed in DiversionsLA.
Summer 2014: Excerpts from my fictional memoir Zen Psychosis were published in Gordy Grundy's GEN F anthology.
September 2013: Exhibiting Artist, Sense & Sensibility, Mt. San Antonio College Art Gallery
December 2013: Exhibiting Artist, The Instagram Art Show, Melrose Light Space