As a curator, Kirsten believes in the power of ideas, objects and art to convey universal and personal stories. She strives to create exhibitions that are approachable, playful, transformative and educational to audiences of all kinds. Kirsten's creative endeavors aim to support artistic and curious minds through formal exhibitions, public interventions, and even, a podcast series. Her work is driven by three core ideals: process is essential, context creates access, and collaboration is crucial.
In 2015 Kirsten graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore with an MFA in Curatorial Practice. While at MICA she was the Graduate Curatorial Fellow at The Contemporary and a Graduate Teaching Intern for MICA's Exhibition Development Seminar. A born and raised Oregonian, Kirsten Marie Walsh received her BA in Studio Art from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. Before making the trek out east, she spent six years curiously exploring the worlds of artists, architects, and designers at Ziba Design and the University of Oregon.
Kirsten now lives in Denver, CO with her husband and two temperamental, but lovable felines. When not enjoying a finely crafted Colorado brew, she's out exploring the Front Range of the Rockies.
Kirsten is available to artists as an editor and writer – RFPs, RFQs, grant writing, artist statements, etc. If you are interested, please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or by completing the contact form.
MFA IN CURATORIAL PRACTICE
Maryland Institute College of Art's MFA in Curatorial Practice prepares students to take a responsible approach to the expanding role curators play in creating a vibrant cultural life in the 21st century's global society. Designed to forge connections among art, artists, and the community, the program's collaborative and individual curatorial projects allow students to explore new methods of exhibition presentation-thinking outside of traditional models and training to create relevant, timely and accessible exhibitions for their audiences. All student work is driven and supported by community and institutional partnerships, including local museums and galleries, non-profit organizations, and individuals. This innovative graduate program is the first MFA in Curatorial Practice in the United States. More information at micacuratorial.org