Announcing Creative Capital’s New President & Executive Director
Creative Capital is happy to introduce our next president and executive director, Christine Kuan, after an extensive national search guided by Arts Consulting Group.
Christine comes to Creative Capital from The Sotheby’s Institute of Art – New York, where she served as CEO and Director, and brings more than twenty years of experience in the arts, ranging from education and nonprofits, to the commercial art world, museums, and publishing. The breadth of her experience, her knowledge, and her connections will be a tremendous asset to the Creative Capital community during a critical time for artists.
“I am honored to join Creative Capital in its mission to support individual artists creating groundbreaking work confronting the most important issues of our time,” said Christine. “One of the things that attracts me to Creative Capital is its fierce commitment to risk-taking artists of diverse backgrounds, who make such powerful contributions to our culture. The pandemic and its fallout have been incredibly challenging for artists of all disciplines, and the work Creative Capital does is more important than ever.”
“I look forward to working with the amazing Creative Capital team to help champion and sustain artists and their practices now and for years to come.”—Christine Kuan
As a poet herself, Christine brings a practitioner’s sensibility to the role, and is acutely aware of the challenges facing artists today, both creatively and practically. Building on the legacy of Creative Capital’s first 20 years, Christine will explore new opportunities for collaboration and idea-sharing across disciplines and sectors, while continuing to develop our existing awards and resources in accordance with artists’ needs.
“We’re always looking for ways to grow and improve our support for artists and artistic communities across the United States,” said Annie Han, Creative Capital Board Co-Chair and 2005 Awardee. “Christine’s experience as an innovator and risk-taker, her wide network and breadth of perspective, will be great assets to the artists we serve.”
“As an artist, educator and entrepreneur, Christine’s passion for making an impact through the arts makes her an ideal leader for Creative Capital at this moment,” said Creative Capital Board Co-Chair, Bill Foulkes.
Before joining Sotheby’s, Christine held roles as Chief Curator and Director of Strategic Partnerships at Artsy, Chief Curatorial Officer and Vice President of External Affairs at Artstor, and Editor-in-Chief of Oxford Art Online/Grove Art Online at Oxford University Press. She has also worked at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and taught at the University of Iowa, Peking University, Rutgers University, and Stanford University’s pilot program of Arts Leadership. Christine holds an MFA in Creative Writing Poetry from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and a BA in Art History and English Literature from Rutgers University. She serves on the History of Collecting Advisory Committee at the Frick Collection in New York and the Steering Committee of The Brooklyn Rail.
“Christine’s unique portfolio of skills and accomplishments make her an ideal fit for Creative Capital, and our efforts to help artists not only develop groundbreaking new work, but establish long-term sustainable artistic practices,” said Reginald M. Browne, Creative Capital Board Member, and member of the search committee.
True to our artist-centric spirit, Creative Capital’s selection committee included four artist awardees: Edgar Arceneaux, Hasan Elahi, Annie Han, and Jae Rhim Lee. Christine’s selection was the result of a six-month national search process.
“As a multi-hyphenated practitioner herself, Christine truly gets our groundbreaking, ‘out-there’ artists, and is the ideal leader to blaze new, innovative paths for Creative Capital,” said Jae Rhim Lee, a 2009 Awardee and Creative Capital Board Member. “Under her leadership, Creative Capital will continue to grow and evolve to meet artists where they are, providing them the support they need to develop long-term sustainable practices during a uniquely challenging time.”
“There are great challenges ahead for supporting the arts that were only exacerbated by the pandemic,” said Edgar Arceneaux, 2005 Awardee and Creative Capital Board Member. “Cultural institutions need to be at the forefront, helping us reconcile the past and imagine a better future. Christine brings a unique perspective to the philanthropic world, and we’re elated to work with her.”
“We are excited to see where and how Christine will stretch us as an organization and the sector as a whole,” said Creative Capital Board Member and Lambent Foundation Executive Director Michelle Coffey. “With continuing uncertainty and vulnerability brought forward by the global pandemic and intersecting structural inequities, we have a strong belief in Christine’s strategic skill set, visionary practice, and values-based experimentation, especially at this time.”
Christine starts her new role at the end of March. Join us in welcoming Christine to the Creative Capital community as we embark on our third decade.