I am a curator, a strategist, and an educator.
I tell stories. I write with images. I think 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. There I served as Curator of the David Winton Bell Gallery and on the executive committee of the Creative Arts Council. In 2013, I moved to Istanbul, Turkey to join the faculty of Koç University, where I curated An Innocent City responding to Orhan Pamuk’s Museum of Innocence. I’ve 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