BURNAWAY Welcomes Rachel Reese as New Senior Editor

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Today I have the tremendous pleasure of welcoming Rachel Reese as BURNAWAY Magazine’s new Senior Editor. Readers may recognize her from the insightful reviews she’s contributed over the past few months. Now you can look forward to more content reflecting her voice and input as BURNAWAY forges bravely into 2013!

Rachel Reese is an independent curator and arts writer. She is a native Atlantan recently relocated back to her hometown after several years in Philadelphia and New York. Reese has worked in commercial galleries since 2006 and was most recently the assistant director of Fleisher/Ollman Gallery in Philadelphia from 2010 to 2012. In 2012 she curated exhibitions such as You, Me, We, She, an all-female exhibition including artwork by Martha Wilson, DISBAND, Mika Rottenberg, Annika Eriksson, Johanna Billing, Corita Kent, and Justine Kurland, among others. In 2011 she curated an exhibition with the West Coast-based artist Chris Johanson. Reese also was the financial director of Deitch Projects in New York during its final years from 2009 to 2011.

In 2010 she and her husband Trevor founded Possible Press, a free periodical of curated artists’ writings, and in 2009 they started Possible Projects, an exhibition/curatorial space. Possible Press’s mission is to provide visual artists a voice through written form, and, in turn, it allows readers to glean information not normally evident from solely looking at artists’ work. A special issue of Possible Press is included in the current exhibition Shadow Puppets: New Traces of Documentary Practices on view at Georgia State University’s Welch School Galleries. Possible Projects’s most recent site was the storefront of a former neighborhood butcher shop in the Fishtown neighborhood of Philadelphia. Its first location was in the Dumbo neighborhood of Brooklyn.

Reese is teaching a critical writing course at GSU this spring semester titled Critical Issues in Contemporary Art. She was previously an MFA seminar lecturer at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. She has traveled giving lectures on the work of Possible Projects/Press and will be a panelist in the upcoming Creative Lives and Careers: Advice session at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center on Saturday, January 19, from 11AM to noon.

In addition to writing for BURNAWAY, Reese is a contributor to Bomb Magazine’s BOMBlog.

We hope that this year finds you just as motivated and refreshed as we are! Be on the lookout for new content and ideas as our Senior Editor settles into her new role.

Do you have a question or comment for Rachel or simply want to say hello? Send her an email: rachel@localhost/burnaway.


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