Kathy Battista is a scholar, lecturer and curator of exhibitions in museums and galleries. She is also the author of numerous articles and books, including; New York New Wave: The Legacy of Feminist Art in Emerging Practice and Renegotiating the Body: Feminist Art in 1970s London. In addition to this Battista also holds the prestigious title of Editor in Chief of the Benezit Dictionary of Artists at Oxford University Press. She is also co-founder of Art Legacy Planning, a consultancy that works to ensure the creative legacies of visual artists.
Battista holds a PhD from the University of London and an MA from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London. She is currently Program Director of the MA in Contemporary Art at Sotheby's Institute of Art New York.
Curated exhibitions include: Democracy: What’s Right What’s Left, Phoenix Gallery, New York, E.A.T.: Experiments in Art and Technology at the Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, Austria, The Art of Fashion at Fountain House Gallery New York, Escape Attempts at Shulamit Nazarian Gallery, Los Angeles.
At the Brooklyn Museum, Atkins most recently organized Iggy Pop Life Class by Jeremy Deller, and her projects have also included Stephen Powers: Coney Island Is Still Dreamland (To a Seagull) and FAILE: Savage/Sacred Young Minds. In 2014, she organized Swoon: Submerged Motherlands, as well as the Brooklyn presentation of Ai Weiwei: According to What?.
Before her move to Brooklyn, Atkins was the Assistant Curator at the Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, New Hampshire, from 2004. Previously, she held positions at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Metropolitan Museum of Art; and Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum. Atkins received her M.A. and Ph.D. from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey.
Amanda McDonald Crowley is a Brooklyn based curator. As the Executive Director of Eyebeam from 2005 to 2011 she created many programs and events of new media art, contemporary art and transdisciplinary work. She has staged art events all over the world, from Finland to the Baltic Sea. She has recently been commissioned to develop an exhibition for the Bronx Arts Alliance in 2018.
Amanda is originally from Australia and holds a Bachelor of Arts from Australian National University, double major of Fine Arts and German. She has worked with art organizations all over Australia, including the Australia Council for the Arts and as Associate Director of the Adelaide Festival 2002. Amanda also served as the Director of the Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT) where she made links with the science world and key industrial organizations by arranging for artists to take up residency with them.
She has participated in residencies in Europe, North America and Asia and is also an occasional writer for Artlink, RealTime, the Sarai Reader and Art Asia Pacific.
Amanda’s curatorial work allows her to develop platforms to bring together both amateurs and professionals from various disciplines and create a space for social change.