Ian Alden RussellA curator, strategist, and thought leader, I work with artists, businesses and organizations that make things happen—producing exhibitions and events and developing and implementing organizational strategies that instill agency and inspire teams.

I was born in Richmond, Virginia, but 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 and the Rhode Island School of Design. I currently serve as Curator of Brown’s David Winton Bell Gallery and as Lecturer in RISD’s Glass Department, while working with clients nationally and internationally in Hong Kong, Istanbul and London.

In 2015, I began working with Arts Branding as a Senior Strategist, and I became a founding partner of NoMad Walk, a community partnership currently working to reimagine Broadway as a pedestrian-priority street in New York City. In 2017, I co-founded the Valley Arts District in Providence, Rhode Island, a community advocacy group of local residents, business owners and artists living and working in the historic industrial buildings of the Woonasquatucket River valley. Most recently, I began work as Project Development Consultant for Tania Bruguera’s commission for the Turbine Hall at the Tate Modern.

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.

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Email: ian [at] aldenrussell [dot] com

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