A curator, strategist, and thought leader, I work with artists, businesses, and organizations to make amazing things happen—producing exhibitions and events, developing and repositioning brands, and instilling agency and inspiring others.
I was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, and I lived half my life in Dublin, Ireland, where I studied history and archaeology at Trinity College Dublin. In 2010, I moved to Providence, Rhode Island to join Brown University where I currently serve as Curator of the David Winton Bell Gallery.
From 2013-2014, I was based in Istanbul, Turkey as Assistant Professor of Contemporary Art and Curatorial Practice at Koç University. While in Istanbul, I curated An Innocent City responding to Orhan Pamuk’s Museum of Innocence. In 2015, I began working with Arts Branding as a Senior Strategist, and I became a founding partner of reimagineNYC, a community partnership currently working to reimagine Broadway as a pedestrian-priority street in New York City.
I have published books, essays, and articles on contemporary art, archaeology, and cultural heritage, and I hold a Ph.D. in History from Trinity College Dublin. I have also held fellowships at Brown University, University of Notre Dame, and University College Dublin.
Email: ian [at] aldenrussell [dot] com