Visual Arts Program

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.


Claire Schneider

Curator's Talk

photo by Kate Bruenn

Director, CS1 Projects

CS1 Projects was founded by Claire Schneider in 2013 to facilitate creative art projects in unexpected spaces. Through commissioning and producing new work and collaborating with a wide range of artists, individuals, and institutions, CS1 is dedicated to expanding role of contemporary art. With a focus on participation, site-responsiveness, and experiential knowledge, CS1's first six projects have highlighted bartering, food, gardens, and healing modalities. Working with CS1 is often an opportunity for an artist to expand their practice, reach a new audience, and collaborate with creatives in other disciplines.

As an independent curator, Schneider organized the traveling exhibition More Love: Art, Politics, and Sharing since the 1990s for the Ackland Art Museum at UNC-Chapel Hill in 2013. Presenting a broad spectrum of fifty-two works by thirty-three artists and accompanied by a 240-page catalogue, More Love won an American Association of Museum Curators Award for Best Exhibition. Schneider is known for her collaborative approach and keen ability to successfully lead complex project teams and community partnerships. She co-curated Extreme Abstraction, 2005, a monumental international survey of over 150 artists that included twenty site-specific installations and commissions. In 2009, she founded the series Architecture + Art at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMOCA), which invites architects to create immersive artistic installations in response to the museum and the specific environmental context.

Schneider was Associate Curator of Contemporary Art, Albright-Knox, 1998-2008, and Senior Curator at SMOCA, 2008-2010. She has also held positions at the Crawford Municipal Art Gallery, Cork, Ireland; Mass MoCA; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Rose Art Museum, Brandeis Universisty; and Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. A Nashville native, she received degrees in art history from Tufts University (BA) and Williams College (MA). Starting their heirloom tomato seedling program, Schneider was a founding Board Member of Urban Roots Community Garden Center, Buffalo, NY.