A curator, a strategist, and an educator.
I tell stories—writing with images and thinking with things.
I believe that simple words can communicate big ideas. I work with people to find insights in the everyday and the unexpected, and with them, I design experiences that inspire.
I grew up in Richmond, Virginia and moved to Dublin, Ireland in 1998. I studied history and archaeology at Trinity College Dublin. During my doctoral research, I apprenticed as an art technician at the Douglas Hyde Gallery. This led to a career as an independent curator. In 2010, I moved to Providence, Rhode Island to join Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design, where I serve as Curator of the David Winton Bell Gallery and on the executive committee of the Creative Arts Council. During the 2013-2014 academic year, I was based in Istanbul, Turkey as Assistant Professor of Contemporary Art and Curatorial Practice at Koç University. There I curated An Innocent City responding to Orhan Pamuk’s Museum of Innocence. I have published books and essays on contemporary art, archaeology and heritage, and I’ve held fellowships at Brown University, the University of Notre Dame, and University College Dublin.
Email: ian [at] aldenrussell [dot] com