The First Art Newspaper on the Net    Established in 1996 Wednesday, October 27, 2021

New Executive Director of Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists' Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists' Residency
Shannon R. Stratton, photo by Jessica Labatte.

CHICAGO, IL.- The Board of Directors of Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency today announced the appointment of Shannon R. Stratton as the 110-year-old organization’s next Executive Director. Stratton is currently Interim Senior Curator-at Large for the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, and Core Faculty for the MA in Critical Craft Studies at Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, North Carolina, as well as an independent curator, working closely with the Poor Farm in Little Wolf, Wisconsin. She will join Ox-Bow full-time on February 3, 2020.

“We are thrilled to have Shannon Stratton as our new Executive Director,” said Board Chair Steven Meier. “Her broad experience, national reputation in the arts community, and forward-thinking orientation to partnerships will be essential in moving Ox-Bow into our next century, growing our regional and national relationships and developing new platforms for intergenerational learning, discovery, and critical conversation.”
Shannon R. Stratton, photo by Jessica Labatte

Stratton comes to Ox-Bow with experience as an educator, chief curator, and seasoned arts administrator, including 12 years as Director of Chicago’s Threewalls, a nonprofit arts organization she co-founded in 2003. Speaking to her appointment, she said, “I have deep respect for Ox-Bow as a place that convenes artists at all career levels to learn from and with each other. Ox-Bow reserves time and space for creative experimentation, collaboration, and innovative pedagogy in a way no other program does.” She noted its strategic partnership with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), which has long connected Ox-Bow to an extraordinary slate of artists.

As an alumna and former faculty member of both Ox-Bow and SAIC, Stratton is uniquely positioned to foster Ox-Bow’s approach to the creative process. “My time at Ox-Bow has had a lasting impact on my practice as an arts administrator, educator, curator, and thinker,” she said. “I look forward to leading one of the country’s most extraordinary artists’ residencies and schools, and continuing Ox-Bow’s legacy as a sanctuary for artistic practice and thought.”

Elissa Tenny, Ox-Bow board member and SAIC President, said, “Shannon is a visionary, making spaces for artist-centric practice in galleries, museums, classrooms, and beyond for nearly two decades. I know that she will bring a depth of art education know-how to her executive leadership of Ox-Bow.”

Stratton most recently served as Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs and Chief Curator at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD), in Manhattan, where she spearheaded four seasons of programming, launched the Burke Prize for artists working in craft media, and curated a number of significant exhibitions, including Tanya Aguiñiga: Craft and Care; Atmosphere for Enjoyment: Harry Bertoia’s Environment for Sound; and the recent Roger Brown: Virtual Still Lifes. She collaborated with guest curators and organizations to produce notable shows such as Derrick Adams: Sanctuary (curated by Dexter Wimberly) and Ebony G. Patterson: Dead Treez (curated by Karen Patterson for the John Michael Kohler Arts Center). Much of Stratton’s leadership focused on activating interstitial spaces at the museum and re-examining the collection, including authoring a new five-year acquisitions plan committed to strengthening the representation of POC and LGBTQI artists.

Prior to joining MAD, Stratton’s service at Threewalls (2003–2015) included launching the publication PHONEBOOK, a guide to artist-run, independent, and grassroots arts organizations in the United States; co-organizing the first Hand-in-Glove Conference, which gave birth to the national arts organization Common Field; and co-founding the Propeller Fund, administered by Threewalls and Gallery 400 at the University of Illinois at Chicago, which has provided funding to artist-run and organized public initiatives since 2010.

As a curator, Stratton has worked with hundreds of artists, including Theaster Gates, Sheila Pepe, Cauleen Smith, and Indira Allegra, through exhibitions and programs at institutions of all scales. She curated the traveling exhibition Fearful Symmetries, the first retrospective of the feminist artist Faith Wilding, and edited the subsequent publication. Stratton’s curatorial work has focused on manifestations of craft in contemporary art, as well as socially engaged practice, sound, and artist-built environments.

Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, she holds an MA in Art History, Theory, and Criticism and an MFA in Fiber and Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA in Interdisciplinary Studio Arts from the Alberta College of Art and Design (now Alberta University of the Arts).

Today's News

November 3, 2019

A Dutch Golden Age? That's only half the story

Signac, Caillebotte, Monet & more lead Sotheby's Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale

Marilyn Monroe's costume from 'There's No Business Like Show Business' sells for $280,000

Is it Machiavelli? By Leonardo? Mystery artwork causes buzz

Nigerian contemporary art booms and prices soar

Exhibition of new works by Moshekwa Langa, Viviane Sassen, and Portia Zvavahera on view at Andrew Kreps Gallery

244-year-old rifle stolen decades ago is recovered

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, acquires Joel Wayne Collection of hand-drawn postcards

Sperone Westwater opens an exhibition of new work by artist and filmmaker David Lynch

Sheldon Breiner, 82, dies; Used magnetism for explorations

Iran unveils new anti-US murals at former embassy

The Jewish Museum opens first survey of Rachel Feinstein's three-decade career

'Driving Forces: Contemporary Art from the Collection of Ann and Ron Pizzuti' spans two Columbus locations

New Executive Director of Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists' Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists' Residency

After exchanging vows, they're in it for life

Fighting social injustice through graffiti, and making a business of it

CAPC Museum of Contemporary Art of Bordeaux opens an exhibition curated by Laura Herma

René Wirths presents a new collection of paintings from the Liquids series at Galerie Templon

Petzel Gallery opens a solo show of works by Walead Beshty

Dancing past 60: 'I actually forget that I am aging'

She's putting her mark on the Kennedy Center

Elizabeth V. Warren elected Board President at American Folk Art Museum

Zabludowicz Collection opens an exhibition by Fay Zmija Nicolson

Exhibition of new and selected works by Mary Sibande opens at Somerset House

Tips For Taking Pictures To Turn Into Wall Art For Your Home

Extra Soundcloud promotion tips

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

sa gaming free credit

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site Parroquia Natividad del Señor
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful