Erin Elder is an independent curator and consultant with more than 15 years of experience supporting artists. Having worked in commercial, academic, non-profit, and experimental settings, and with a studio practice of her own, Erin understands many of the challenges facing contemporary artists in the United States. She launched Gibbous in 2015 to support committed artists through a set of professional servies that include: one-on-one coaching, workshops on professional practices, website development for artists and other forms of creative consultation.
From 2012 - 2015, she was the Visual Arts Director at the Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe, where she curated 50+ exhibitions and many public programs. Under her direction, the program worked directly with artists on exhibitions of new work, designed specifically for the unique gallery spaces at CCA. She has also produced projects with a variety of institutions including Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Württembergischer Kunstverein, Creative Time, the Center for Land Use Interpretation, International Symposium on Electronic Arts and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver. Her writing has been published by University of Minnesota Press, University of Houston Press, and various regional magazines, including two self-published blogs.
Erin has secured funding for many independent and institutional projects, including two grants from National Endowment for the Arts and two years of institutional support from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. She has received three grants through the Warhol regional regranting program and was a three-time semi-finalist for Creative Capital support. Grant-writing is a favorite activity and is one of the many services she provides as part of Gibbous.
Underscoring Erin's work is a commitment to the creative process and direct support for artists. From 2009 - 2013, she cooperatively founded and directed PLAND, an off-the-grid residency program near Tres Piedras, NM. She is contributing faculty at Santa Fe University of Art and Design and works with the Rural Environments Field School at University of Colorado. She has an MA in Curatorial Practice from California College of the Arts and a self-designed Bachelors from Prescott College. Much of her curatorial practice merges teaching, field research, and exploration.
Erin is based in New Mexico and enjoys hiking, yoga, and drawing. She is an avid reader of novels and loves a good conversation. Learn more about Erin at http://erinelder.com