Courtney Lynne Carter is a scholar and curator (soon-to-be) based in Los Angeles. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Art History with a Visual Studies certificate at the University of Southern California, where she focuses on modern art, histories and theories of photography, and inter-medial experimentation and translation. Her curatorial projects include: “We’re Sorry, This Item is No Longer Available,” featuring Maia Chao, Ilana Harris-Babou, and Korallia Stergides; “Your Special Island,” featuring Andrea Chung, Rachelle Dang, and Ming Wong (co-curated with Maya Berrol-Young); and “Consent to Be Seen,” featuring Riva Lehrer (co-curated with Kristin Lindgren). She previously worked as the Post-Baccalaureate Fellow for the John B. Hurford ’60 Center for the Arts and Humanities at Haverford College, where she curated two contemporary art exhibitions, coordinated student-initiated exhibitions and creative projects, and assisted with the exhibition program at the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery. She is an alumnus of the Independent Curators International Curatorial Intensive in New Orleans. She has held other positions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia; the Smithsonian American Art Museum, D.C.; Yale-NUS College,Singapore; Oh! Open House, Singapore; and Amazement Square Children’s Museum, Virginia. She graduated with a B.A. in English from Haverford College.courtneylcarter
Maiza Hixson is an interdisciplinary performance artist and Doctoral Scholars Fellow in Theater, Dance and Performance Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). Hixson writes about the performative staging of cities and urban space through public art, monuments, and architecture. Investigating cultural placemaking as politically performatic, she interrogates how public art both participates in and often catalyzes resistance against branded narratives and “authorized” histories of cities and place. Her recent article, “Still Life with Discontent,” published in Magnum Opal Journal, focused on Louisville’s visual culture of protest in the wake of Breonna Taylor’s killing and nationwide Black Lives Matter protests over the police murder of George Floyd.
Hixson completed a Master of Fine Arts at UCSB in 2019 and a Master of Arts in Critical and Curatorial Studies at the University of Louisville in 2005. She studied Art History, Theory and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago from 2001-2002. From 2015-2017, Hixson was Chief Curator of the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission and Co-Director of the Santa Barbara Center for Art, Science and Technology. She also served as Chief Curator of the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts from 2010-2015 during which time she taught and lectured at Towson University in Baltimore and University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Prior to this, she was Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at the Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati.
Hixson has exhibited and performed widely at such venues as the Little Tokyo Arts Complex and Highways in Los Angeles; the Art, Design and Architecture Museum in Santa Barbara; Brooklyn Museum of Art; Baltimore Contemporary; Soap Factory, Minneapolis; Portland Institute for Contemporary Art in Portland, Oregon; Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, NC; Haverford College; Eugen Lendl Gallery in Graz, Austria, and many others. An affiliate of Independent Curators International, her curatorial work was featured on the EMMY Award-winning PBS TV show “Articulate” with Jim Cotter and her curatorial projects have been presented at galleries across the U.S. She has published articles and essays on contemporary art and performance in dozens of exhibition catalogues both online and in print. Her artwork is held in public and private collections including those of 21c Museum, Larry and Ladonna Shapin, Leonard and Adele Leight, Will Oldham, Joan and Kurtwood Smith, and others.maiza_hixson • theshaftspace.com
Soothsayer Serenades was conceived by Amrita Hepi and created at Haverford with collaborators selected by Haverford College Exhibits.