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Marilu Knode


Executive Director / Chief Curator Laumeier Sculpture Park (LSP) / Aronson Endowed Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art History, University of Missouri-St. Louis, 2009 to present

Revitalize one of the oldest and largest sculpture parks in the country by curating programs with experimental, research-based practices within narrative arcs of Archaeology of Place (2010-2014) and New Territories: BRICS (2014-2018)  Commissioned new works of video, on-line game, music, performance, temporary and permanent sculpture  |  Pioneer curatorial program “Loans That Don’t Move” to broaden scope of exhibitions across region   |  Launch the Laumeier Patch to bring curatorial programs to events / spaces across region  Establish Laumeier as premier organization that combines best practices of museums and public art programs  Create broad regional / international partnerships for greater programmatic impact  | Broadened international scope of programs working with artists from Bosnia, Canada, Finland, India, The Netherlands, Sweden, Turkey  Institutional budget $1.8 million includes funding from public partner St. Louis County Parks  Initiated Collections Assessment program with new loans, commissions, conservation program  |  Expanded staff, hired first development officer, prioritized training, up-grade of internal practices  |  Quadrupled grant-writing activities, received $100,000 NEA grant, broaden support base of corporations and individuals  |  Re-built Board for wider diversity of background, resources  |  Revitalized Capital Campaign, manage outside consultants, create collaborative  partnerships

Member CityArchRiver advisory committee for Gateway Arch grounds arts program  |  Founder Sculpture City Saint Louis 2010-present, co-convener international conference Monument / Anti-Monument, April 2014  | Senior Advisory Fellow, Public Art Archive / Western States Arts Federation, Denver  |  Senior Fellow, Museum Studies program, Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art, Cape Town, South Africa  |  2014-2015 Fellow, International Studies and Programs, University of Missouri-St. Louis for work with University of Western Cape, Cape Town 

Associate Director / Head of Research, F.A.R. (Future Arts Research) @ ASU, 2007 to 2009

Partner in defining mission, goals and activities for new artist research organization, including public programs, residencies, symposium, advocacy with programmatic focus of Desert Aesthetics, Justice & Human Rights, Art & Technology, global contemporary indigenous artistic practice  Created international partnerships with desert communities around the globe  |  Managed long-term commissions / projects with associated budgets ranging from $15,000 - $40,000  |  Organized international symposium The Desert Between Us   Conducted / commissioned research for symposium Remapping the Desert: Phoenix, a valley-wide series of artist projects on-line and in the city  Extensive travel for research to Europe, Middle East,  United States

Senior Curator, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA), 2003 to 2007

Undertook reorganization of curatorial department, streamlined processes and staff responsibilities, managed staff of five plus worked closely with extended staff of 20  Established and managed budgets ranging from $10,000 - $75,000  | Participated on professional panels in United States, Europe  |  Lead museum’s Architecture & Design Advisory Committee to identify programs, partners and funders, established SMoCA as lead partner for modern phoenix weekend, drawing lecture numbers average 130 per event  |  Continued focus on artistic practice in the Middle East / North Africa and Scandinavian region through programs, commission works and scholarship

Senior Curator, Institute of Visual Arts (inova), University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1997 to 2003

Helped establish international profile of kunsthalle for programming within the world’s various global cultural zones  Actively involved in community growth, supportive of regional artists in bringing greater attention to arts community  |  Organized programs to address unique social, political, cultural history of Milwaukee region  |  Established and organized curatorial, press, membership  | Established and managed budgets ranging from $10,000 - $110,000 per program  Managed schedule of exhibitions and budgets for projects organized by adjunct curators  |  Oversaw publications program  | Organized all educational programs, growing lecture attendance from 15 to 50 per event  |  Linked programs / artists to departments of film, visual arts, international programs  

Curator, Huntington Beach Art Center (HBAC), California, 1994 to 1996      

Established programming with a regional and national focus  |  Established program of regional studio and gallery tours for members and donors  |  Managed exhibition budgets ranging from $10,000 - $50,000  |  Coordinated exhibition tours and publications program  |  Researched, identified and wrote exhibition grants |  Worked with staff of eight as well as growing volunteer base 

Acting Associate Director, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), California, 1993 to 1994 

Established activities for LACE Benefit auction, including establishing committee for event, soliciting art work for donation, organizing all details for in-coming and out-going art, all paperwork linked to event, net $50,000  | Organized slate of activities surrounding move to new location in Hollywood, including hard-hat tours, all press, special opening events, convened volunteer groups , solicited in-kind donations for events


Associate Curator, Newport Harbor Art Museum (NHAM), California, 1988 to 1992      

Worked with curatorial, registrarial, education, development and membership staff on materials for programs, and publications  |  Assisted development staff with language and materials for fund raising  Organized exhibitions with national and regional artists 

Senior Cataloguer, Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1984 to 1988      

Handled all department records, including log book, accession records, rights and reproductions and acquisition check lists  | Tracked acquisitions and payments for all acquisitions  |  Coordinated communication with public, artists and dealers


Sculpture/Culture panel moderator with Hank Willis Thomas & Orly Genger, EXPO Chicago / Contemporary Art in the Middle East for What is a City? Humanities Conference, University of Missouri-St. Louis, lecture / Camp Out: Finding Home in an Unstable World, Webster University, panel moderator / American Academy Commission on the Humanities & Social Sciences, presentation  / University of Kentucky, Lexington, lecture / SculpEVV, Evansville, IN, juror /  Federal Advisory Committee on International Exhibitions (FACIE), panel for the Venice Biennale  / Inland Symposium, St. Louis / Airport Art Advisory Committee, St. Louis / Grand Center Public Art Advisory Committee, St. Louis  /  ArtForum Berlin, panel moderator / Yale School of Architecture, New Haven, crits with Will Bruder class / American University in Cairo, co-founded curatorial practice program) / Kunstakademie, Stockholm, lecture / University of Victoria-British Columbia, lecture / Milwaukee Art Museum, lecture / Georgia State University, Atlanta, lecture / School of the Art Institute of Chicago, student crits, lectures / Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, lectures / Public Art Network, Milwaukee, panel moderator / Heard Museum of Art, Phoenix, lecture / American Ligation, Tangiers, lecture / École des Beaux Arts, Tetouan, lecture / École des Beaux Art, Casablanca, lecture / San Francisco Art Fair, panel / Santa Monica Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, lecture / Santa Barbara Contemporary Art Forum, lecture / ASU Schools of Design & Art, student crits / University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee Schools of Film, Art, Architecture, lectures, student crits / Arizona Commission for the Arts, panel / Neddy Artist Award, Seattle, juror / National Endowment for the Arts, panel / Institute for Museum and Library Sciences, panel / Jerome Foundation, Minneapolis, juror / Art Matters, New York, juror / Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, New York, nominator / Valley Forward’s Design Excellence Awards, Phoenix, juror  /  Altoids Collection, New York, juror / Phoenix Office for Art and Culture, panel


Art City on-line, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Art in America, New York, Flash Art, Tema Celeste, Art Papers, Atlanta, St. Louis Magazine, ARCO Contemporary Art magazine, Madrid, Milwaukee Magazine, Medina magazine, Cairo, New Art Examiner, Chicago, Nu, Stockholm, zingmagazine, New York, Journal of contemporary Art, New York, Artlies, Houston, Visions, Los Angeles, Print Collector’s Newsletter, New York, hearsight magazine, Phoenix, aorta, Seattle, artnet, New York 


Centro de Art 2 May, Madrid / Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen, Germany / Laguna Art Museum, California / Savannah College of Art and Design, Georgia / Otis Gallery, Los Angeles / ASU School of Design Gallery / Florence Lynch Gallery, New York / Fortis Circustheater Scheveningen, Rotterdam / Townhouse Gallery, Cairo / Rocket Gallery, London / Gallery 3770, San Diego / California Museum of Photography, Riverside / Rochdale Art Gallery, United Kingdom


World Chess Hall of Fame, St. Louis / Department of Performing and Visual Arts, American University in Cairo /, Hamburg, Germany / Milwaukee International Film Festival / Founder Visual Arts Milwaukee! (VAM!), citywide arts consortium 


Arts Leadership and Management Academy, Arts and Education Council, St. Louis, 2012-2014  |  Leadership St. Louis, 2011-2012  EMC Arts New Pathways program, Regional Arts Commission, 2011-2012  |  Women’s Leadership Academy, Non-profit Services Center, St. Louis, 2010-2011  |  University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee short courses in data management & computer programs, 1997–98   |  University of Washington-Seattle Extension certificate, Management Program, 1996–97   |  University of California Los Angeles Fund Raising Program, 1993–94   |  City College of New York,  MA, Museum Studies, 1982–84   University of Grenoble, France post-undergraduate studies, 1981  University of Kansas–Lawrence BA, Art History, 1976–80


International Curators of Contemporary Art (IKT), 2002 to present   |  International Association of Critics of Art/USA (AICA/USA) Paris, 2005 to present  Art Table New York Chapter, 2005 to present