Ian Alden RussellA 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 in Richmond, Virginia, but 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 Curating and Contemporary Art at Koç University. 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 helped co-found 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.

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

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