Ian Alden Russell

Email: ian [at] aldenrussell [dot] com

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Ian Alden Russell is a curator, designer, and educator. Born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, he moved to Dublin, Ireland in 1998. He completed a B.A. and Ph.D. at Trinity College Dublin, studying history and archaeology. During his doctoral research, he apprenticed as an art technician at the Douglas Hyde Gallery. This led to a career as an independent curator. In 2010, he moved to Providence, Rhode Island to join the arts communities of Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design. There he served as curator of the David Winton Bell Gallery and on the executive committee for the Granoff Center for the Creative Arts. In 2013, he moved to Istanbul, Turkey to join the faculty of Koç University. There he curated An Innocent City responding to Orhan Pamuk’s Museum of Innocence. He is the author of many publications on contemporary art, archaeology and heritage, and has held major fellowships at Brown University, University of Notre Dame, and University College Dublin.


Artist-In-Residence Program @ Artpace San Antonio

An Innocent City: A Modest Archive of Everyday Istanbul – with Orhan Pamuk’s The Museum of Innocence and contributions from Mark Dion

250th Brown University Anniversary Alumni Exhibitions @ David Winton Bell Gallery, Brown University – with Dawn Clements, Paul Ramirez Jonas, Sarah Morris, Rob Reynolds, Taryn Simon, and Kerry Tribe

Vincent Valdez | The Strangest Fruit @ David Winton Bell Gallery, Brown University

Kelli Rae Adams | Breaking Even @ David Winton Bell Gallery, Brown University

Wafaa Bilal | The Ashes Series @ David Winton Bell Gallery, Brown University

Jin Shan 靳山 | My dad is Li Gang! 我爸是李刚! @ David Winton Bell Gallery, Brown University

rolemodelplaytime @ David Winton Bell Gallery, Brown University

Zimoun @ David Winton Bell Gallery, Brown University

Betsey Biggs | The Providence Postcard Project @ Brown University

Dennis McNulty | Space Replaced by Volume & Windshield (2011) @ Brown University

Nigel Rolfe @ Sculpture in the Parklands as part of EU Transformations

Fiona Hallinan | Roadscore @ Brown University

Sean Lynch | Clanbrassil Street ‘Zines

Ursula Rani Sarma | The Home Project

One & Other with Anthony Gormley

Camera Obscura with National College of Art & Design

Ábhar agus Meon Exhibition Series

Fiona Hallinan | The You That Is In It @ Irish Museum of Modern Art

Chronoscope with the Green On Red Gallery

Glass House Stone @ UCD Health Sciences Gallery


College Art Association

Independent Curators International, Hub Network

Neuehouse, New York


Ph.D. – Trinity College Dublin (2006) – History
B.A. – Trinity College Dublin (2002) – Archaeology and Ancient History


Fellow in Urban Cultural Heritage and Creative Practice, Brown University, John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage

Postdoctoral Fellow in Public Arts and Cultural Heritage, Brown University, John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage

Postdoctoral Fellow, University College Dublin, John Hume Institute for Global Irish Studies

Postdoctoral Fellow, University College Dublin, School of Archaeology

Postdoctoral Fellow, University College Dublin, Humanities Institute of Ireland,

NEH Keough Fellow, University of Notre Dame, Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies

Research Associate, Trinity College Dublin, School of Histories and Humanities, Digital Image Project