The Savannah College of Art and Design is pleased to announce the appointment of curator and art historian Isolde Brielmaier as chief curator of exhibitions. In this role, she will oversee the curatorial staff that organizes shows for all SCAD galleries in Savannah and Atlanta, Georgia; Lacoste, France; Hong Kong; and at the SCAD Museum of Art.
Bringing more than 15 years of experience, Brielmaier has worked with well-known artists including Kader Attia, William Cordova, Sam Durant, Dario Escobar, Lalla Essaydi, Ellen Gallagher, Wangechi Mutu, Ivan Navarro, and Mickalene Thomas.
Brielmaier was curator of several exhibitions including:
• Stargazers: Elizabeth Catlett in Conversation with 21 Contemporary Artists (2011)
• Signs Taken for Wonders (2009)
• Shinique Smith: Torch Songs (2008)
• Titus Kaphar: Painting Undone (2008) held at SCAD's own Red Gallery (now Gutstein Gallery)
She has authored many essays, reviews and books, including most recently:
• Stargazers (2011)
• Jose Parla: Painting and Performing the Past and the Present (2011)
• Zwelethu Mthethwa (2010)
• Wangechi Mutu: A Shady Promise (2008)
In addition to her curatorial and scholarly work, Brielmaier is also known for her contemporary art programming and special events which she has presented for a number of clients including ARCO Contemporary Art Fair in Madrid, Art Chicago, The Armory Show/Volta NY, Krug Champagne and the fashion house Versace. She has been profiled and noted in The New York Times, ARTnews and Vogue Italia, and has appeared on WNET Channel Thirteen, NY1 News, NBC New York Nightly News, NPR and WPS1 Radio in New York.
Supporting the mission of the SCAD exhibitions department and the SCAD Museum of Art, a teaching museum, Brielmaier brings academic experience to the position as well, having taught at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York; Tisch School of the Arts at New York University in New York City; and Barnard College/Columbia University.
Sharing her excitement about the new opportunities ahead, Brielmaier said: "I am thrilled to be a part of SCAD's exhibitions team as we open the new SCAD Museum of Art and work to think creatively about how to present dynamic exhibitions that will enhance the educational experiences of our students and expand ideas about art and culture for the university and wider community."
Brielmaier has worked at the Guggenheim Museum and is the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships from institutions including the Ford Foundation, Social Science Research Council and the Mellon Foundation. She holds a Ph.D. in art history from Columbia University.