Amy Lipton email@example.com
1999 – Present
Director/Curator, ecoartspace, New York, NY
Curate exhibitions, develop programs, organize events, write grants and fundraise for a bi-coastal nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting artists whose works raise environmental awareness.
Guest Curator, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, State University of New York at New Paltz, NY
Body Line Motion, an exhibition of 90 selected works in response to the Carolee Schneemann retrospective Within and Beyond the Premises from the museum’s permanent collection.
2008 – 2010
Director, The Fields Sculpture Park at Omi International Arts Center, Ghent, NY
Director of 100-acre sculpture park in Columbia County, NY. Responsibilities included managing a permanent collection and over eighty outdoor works on loan. Curator of Sculpture Park and gallery exhibitions and programs, staff management and supervisor of exhibition design and landscape management. Created visitor services program including an audio cell phone tour for the sculpture park.
2004 – 2008
Curator, Abington Art Center and Sculpture Park, Philadelphia, PA
Curator of four annual gallery exhibitions, outdoor annual sculpture park exhibition, and series of emerging solo exhibitions at a suburban Philadelphia Historic House Museum and Sculpture Park. Other responsibilities included working with board members, landscape architects and designers on an evolving master plan for signage on twenty-seven acres of park grounds; developed educational programming and events in conjunction with exhibitions; held gallery tours and talks; oversaw exhibition design.
2003 – 2004
Guest Curator, The Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY
Imaging the River, a group exhibition of historical Hudson River School painters and twenty-three contemporary artists whose works focus on issues related to the Hudson River. Wrote accompanying exhibition catalogue and all interpretative wall texts.
2000 – 2002
Guest Curator, Contemporary Art Center (CAC), Cincinnati, OH
Ecovention, a group exhibition co-curated with Sue Spaid of thirty-two international artists whose works focus on collaborations and interventions in local ecologies. Including seven site-specific public art works in the Cincinnati area working with various community groups. Co-published, researched and wrote essay for 160-page accompanying exhibition catalogue.
1998 – 2000
Assistant Director, Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, NY
1996 – 1998
Consultant, Lombard Freid Gallery, New York, NY
1986 – 1996
Director/Owner, Amy Lipton Gallery, New York, NY
Responsible for all aspects of gallery management and administration, including representation of artists, sales and client development. Curated and designed exhibitions, managed gallery staff and interns, designed and oversaw all publicity, maintained press contacts and public relations. Developed emerging careers of gallery artists including Polly Apfelbaum, Mel Chin, David Chow, Kate Ericson/Mel Ziegler, Karen Finley, Julia Fish, Bill Jones, Lauren Lesko, Tim Maul, Tom Radloff, Josef Ramaseder, Amy Sillman, Mark Schlesinger, Carol Szymanski, Sue Williams, Bing Wright, Michael St. John.
Selected Exhibitions: Curator
FOODshed: Agriculture and Art in Action, SmackMellon, Brooklyn, NY
A group exhibition of 14 New York artists who work with food and agriculture including Joan Bankemper/Black Meadow Barn; Simon Draper and the Habitat For Artists Collective; Joy Garnett, Natalie Jeremijenko; Kristyna and Marek Milde; Peter Nadin/Old Field Farm; Leila Nadir + Cary Peppermint (EcoArtTech); Andrea Reynosa; Bonnie Ora Sherk; Jenna Spevack; Susan Leibovitz Steinman/Mona Talbott; Tattfoo Tan; Elaine Tin Nyo; Linda Weintraub
Being There, Elga Wimmer Gallery, New York, NY
A group exhibition reflecting on the philosophy of “Chance the Gardener” from the 1971 novel Being There by Jerzy Kosinski with artists Joan Bankemper, David Chow, Simon Draper, Joy Garnett, Fariba Hajamadi, Roy Staab, Chrysanne Stathacos, Marion Wilson
Two temporary public artworks by Seth Kinmont and Habitat for Artists Collective in conjunction with the New Museum’s Ideas City Festival and ArtsBrookfield at World Financial Center.
Six contemporary artists whose works address food, farming and agriculture including Joan Bankemper, Habitat for Artists, Andrea Reynosa, Elaine Tin Nyo, Jenna Spevak, Linda Weintraub
It’s the End of the World as We Know it (and I Feel Fine), Ramapo College Art Galleries, Mahwah, NJ
A group exhibition of fourteen painters who envision the natural world in relationship to pressing environmental issues including George Boorujy, Adam Cvijanovic, Peter Edlund, Joy Garnett, Kimberley Hart, Eve Andree Laramee, Sarah McCoubrey, Jason Middlebrook, Aviva Rahmani, Lisa Sanditz, Charlotte Schulz, Eva Strubel, Sarah Trigg and Marion Wilson.
Where Have all the Flowers Gone, Paramount Hudson Valley, Peekskill NY
A group exhibition on the occasion of Pete Seeger’s “Return to Peekskill” concert September 8th with artists Christopher Albert, Brian Beaton, Richard Bruce, Joan Bankemper, Kelli Bickman, Lisa Breznak, David Chow, Simon Draper, Susan English, Carol Flaitz, Carla Goldberg, Faheem Haider, Marnie Hillsley, Kirsten Mosher, Michael Natiello, Jessica Poser, Molly Rausch, Sheilah Rechtschaffer, Tom Sarrantonio, Ilse Schreiber, Jackie Skrzynski, Greg Slick, Roy Staab, Chrysanne Stathacos, April Warren, Marion Wilson and Aleta Wolfe. Hudson Valley Seed Library Artists: Jenny Lee Fowler, Elia Gurna, Donna Sharrett, Sarah Snow, Cynthia Winika.
The Cryptic Ones, Salamander Portraits by Brandon Ballengee and Stanley K. Session, Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
BiodiverCITY for The 5 x 5 Project, Washington D.C.
One of five selected curators for theD.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities’ temporary public art project including 25 groundbreaking public art installations installed concurrently throughout the District of Columbia from March through August 2012. Artists: Natalie Jeremijenko, Tattfoo Tan, Brandon Ballengee, Habitat for Artists Collective, Chrysanne Stathacos.
Beyond the Horizon, Deutsche Bank 60 Wall Gallery, New York, NY
Artists explore the natural world through the tradition of landscape painting and drawing with George Boorujy, Peter Edlund, Joy Garnett, Patricia Johanson, Eve Andree Laramee, Sarah McCoubrey, Jason Middlebrook, Aviva Rahmani, Lisa Sanditz, Charlotte Schulz, Eva Strubel, SarahTrigg and Marion Wilson.
Nurturing Nature: Artists Engage the Environment, Concordia College, Bronxville, NY, traveled to Freedman Gallery, Albright College, February 2012
Group exhibition focused on artists engaging in a collaborative or nurturing process with nature and living eco-systems. Artists: Vaughn Bell, Susan Benarcik, Michele Brody, Jackie Brookner, Xavier Cortada, Basia Irland, William Meyer, Maria Michails, Roy Staab and Joel Tauber.
Body Line Motion, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, State University of New York at New Paltz, NY
Remediate/Re-vision: Public Artists Engage the Environment, Wave Hill, Public Garden and Cultural Center, Bronx, NY. Presented video interviews with artists Jackie Brookner and Patricia Johanson.
The Ins and the Outs, Rockland Center for the Arts (RoCA), Nyack, NY
An outdoor sculpture park exhibition consisting of large-scale works by Susan Benarcik, Jennifer Cecere, Ruth Hardinger and Melissa McGill.
What Matters Most? Organized a benefit exhibition for ecoartspace, hosted by Exit Art, New York, NY
300 artists donated works in response to the question “What Matters Most” in relation to the environment? Exhibition initiated 2.10 on NY Times Dot Earth blog by science journalist Andrew Revkin.
Down to Earth: Artists Create Edible Landscapes, Schuylkill Center for Environmental Educations, Philadelphia, PA
Exhibition at an abandoned historical farm site, part of a 400-acre nature preserve. Six artists created works in the landscape addressing issues of art’s relationship to food, farming and agriculture: Joan Bankemper, Ann Rosenthal, Steffi Domike, Susan Leibovitz Steinman, Knox Cummin, Simon Draper.
Out of the Blue, Co-Curated with Joy Garnett and Joy Episalla, Bergen College, Paramus, NJ
Exhibition of 23 artists addressing weather and climate change in all media including: Stephen Andrews, Robert Bordo, Joy Garnett, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Geoffrey Hendricks, Zoe Leonard, Frank Moore, Austin Thomas, Joy Episalla and Carrie Yamaoka.
A site-specific temporary outdoor and gallery exhibition co-curated with Lily Wei. Artists: Polly Apfelbaum, Sanford Biggers, caraballo – farman, Stephen Dean, Elizabeth Demaray, Nina Katchadourian, Katie Holten, Jason Middlebrook, Alan Michelson, Cordy Ryman, Shinique Smith and Saya Woolfalk.
Exhibition with 32 artists consisting of video and photographic documentation of performance works including: Center for Tactical Magic: Aaron Gach, EcoArtTech: Christine Nadir/Cary Peppermint, Futurefarmers, Fritz Haeg, Basia Irland, Scot Kaplan, Carolyn Lambert, Robin Lasser, Matthew Moore, Eve Mosher, Andrea Polli/Joe Gilmore, Rapid Response: Christina Cobb/Peter Fend/Julia Fischer/William Meyer, Brooke Singer/Brian Rigney Hubbard.
The HandMaking, Abington Art Center, Jenkintown, PA
An exhibition of artists who use traditional and domestic craft techniques such as knitting, sewing and woodworking in contemporary art including, Polly Apfelbaum, Nick Cave, Margarita Cabrera, Francis Cape, Elizabeth Demaray, Kimberley Hart, Larry Krone, Jim Isermann, Maira Kalman and Andrea Zittel.
Elements, Abington Art Center, Jenkintown, PA
An exhibition examining the relationship between science and art focusing on the elements of air, water, fire and earth including Dove Bradshaw, Jackie Brookner, Eve Andree Laramée and Stacy Levy.
Imaging the River, The Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY
An exhibition contrasting historical 19th Century Hudson River School painters and contemporary artists whose works focus on the Hudson River. Bob Braine, Helen and Newton Harrison, Sandy Gellis, Basia Irland, Susan Jennings, Alan Michelson, Alexis Rockman, Rosenthal/Domike, Buster Simpson.
Alexis Rockman: Human/Nature Art and the Environment, Carriage House Center, New York, NY
Exhibition and panel discussion with Alexis Rockman and his mural painting Manifest Destiny, in conjunction with ecoartspace, The Nature Conservancy, New York Audubon.
Ecovention, Co-curated with Sue Spaid, Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, OH
A survey exhibition of 32 international artists whose works focus on collaborations and intervention in local ecologies with the assistance of scientists, wildlife experts, landscape architects, and engineers. Artists included Brandon Ballengee, Betty Beaumont, Joseph Beuys, Center for Land Use Interpretation (CLUI), Betsy Damon, Georg Dietzler, Tim Collins and Reiko Goto, Agnes Denes, Helen and Newton Harrison, Lynne Hull, Patricia Johanson, Laurie Lundquist, Kathryn Miller, Viet Ngo, Ocean Earth Development Corporation/Peter Fend, Robert Smithson, Alan Sonfist, Superflex, Mierle L. Ukeles, Shai Zakai
Public Programs, Lectures and Events
Symposium Panelist, Beyond Earth Art: Contemporary Artists and the Environment, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Panelist, Understanding and Inspiration: The Symbiotic Nature of Art, Science and the Environment, Moderated by John Cronin, Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries, Clarkson University Center for Environmental Innovation and Education with Lillan Ball and Betsy Damon.
Habitat For Artists, workshops at Arts:Brookfield, Battery Park, City, NY
Presenter, Marfa Dialogues, HighWaterLine Action Guide with Eve Mosher, Rauschenberg Project Space, New York, NY
Presenter, LASER, Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous, New York, NY
Conference Presenter, Art and the Environment, Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, Philadelphia, PA
Gallery tour and panel discussion, It’s the End of the World as We Know it (and I Feel Fine),Ramapo College Art Galleries, Mahwah, NJ
Gallery Tour, Digging Deeper at the Strange Invitation exhibition, Franklin Street Works, Stamford, CT
Earth Day Lecture on Art and Ecology,The Jewish Museum, New York, NY
Panelist, Directing the Future of Public Art, Washington D.C. panel discussion in conjunction with the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, 5 x 5 public art project, Corcoran College of Art and Design, Washington, D.C.
Presenter, ArtTable panel discussion for The 5 x 5 Project, Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.
Panel Organizer and Moderator, Visions for Water: Ecological Artists Modeling Solutions for our Challenged Water Systems, in conjunction with the exhibition “The Value of Water: Sustaining a Green Planet” curated by Fredericka Foster,Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York City
Guest Speaker, Environmental Art 1970 – Present, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY
Guest Speaker, Environmental Art 1970 – Present, SUNY Westchester, Peekskill, NY
Guest Speaker, Environmental Art 1970 – Present, Bennington College, Bennington, VT
Moderator, Going Green exhibition panel discussion, Crossing Art Gallery, Queens, NY
Gallery Tour of Beyond the Horizon, Deutsche Bank 60 Wall Gallery, New York, NY
Gallery Lecture for Nurturing Nature: Artists Engage the Environment, Concordia College, Bronxville, NY,
Moderator, The Culture of Climate Change,The 10th Annual Nature, Ecology and Society Colloquium, CUNY Graduate Center, City University of New York.
Exhibition Juror and Lecturer, Woodstock Artists Association & Museum, Woodstock, NY
Organizer/Moderator, Agents of Change, Artists Working Towards Sustainability, panel discussion at Parsons/The New School in conjunction with ArtTable.
Lecturer/Gallery Tour, Body Line Motion, Dorsky Museum of Art, SUNY, New Paltz, NY
Panelist, Common Ground Symposium: Connecting Humans, Music, Art and the Natural World, Ramapo College, Ramapo, NJ
Program Organizer, What Matters Most? lecture by artist Jackie Brookner and presentation of the Buckminster Fuller Challenge Grant finalists by Elizabeth Thompson, Executive Director, BFI, Exit Art, NYC
Panelist, Strategies for Success in Challenging Times, International Sculpture Center Annual Conference, Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ
Panelist, Community Roundtable on Habitat for Artists Project, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, SUNY New Paltz, NY
Guest Speaker, Environmental Art 1970 – Present, University of the Arts, Philadelphia PA
Gallery Tour, Out of the Blue, Gallery Bergen, Bergen Community College, Paramus, NJ
Panelist, Responsive Art: Making Work in the Environment, with art critic Frances Richard and artist Jason Middlebrook, University at Albany Art Museum, Albany, NY
Panelist, Art in the 21st Century: Expanding the Artist’s Role, Van Brunt Gallery, Beacon, NY
Organizer, Artist’s Talk with Helen and Newton Harrison, Ronald Feldman Gallery, New York, NY.
Panelist, The Relevance of Art in an Age of Global Warming, Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, PA. Moderator: critic John K. Grande, artists, Andrew Chartier, Stacy Levy, Ben Pinder, Andrea Polli.
Panelist, 40°, 73°: Works at the Intersection of Art & Ecology, The Canary Project, Brooklyn, NY, Moderator, Ed Morris founder of the Canary Project, artists Charles Goldman and Paul Benney, Andrea Williams of The New York Society for Acoustic Ecology (NYSAE), Tom Angotti, Director, Hunter College Center for Community Planning.
Panel Organizer, Human/Nature: Art and the Environment Series, artist Eve Mosher, climate change scientist David Van Luven in conjunction with ecoartspace and The Nature Conservancy, Exit Art, New York, NY
Panelist, Art in the Forest Conference, three-day conference at University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
Panel Moderator and Organizer, Silent Migration: Human/Nature: Art and the Environment Series; Central Park Arsenal Gallery in conjunction with ecoartspace, New York City Department of Parks, Audubon, The Nature Conservancy, New York, NY
Lecturer, Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, New York, NY
Guest Speaker, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Panel Organizer, Ecotopia exhibition panel for Human/Nature: Art and the Environment Series; Curator, Brian Wallis, NY Times reporter, Andrew C. Revkin, The Nature Conservancy Lead Scientist, Sanjayan Muttulingam, photographer Clifford Ross, International Center of Photography, with ecoartspace, Audubon, The Nature Conservancy, New York, NY
Panel Organizer and Moderator, Eco Art Activists, Moving Beyond the Frame, Bioneers Conference, Marin County Convention Center, San Rafael, CA,
Panel Organizer and Moderator, Water Challenges Facing New York: Finding Visionary Solutions; Artists, Brandon Ballengee, Bob Braine and Jackie Brookner, Eric Goldstein, CoDirector, Urban Programs NRDC, Chris Wilde, Watershed Director, Riverkeeper, Franco Montaldo, hydrologist, Earth Institute, Columbia University, for The Drop exhibition, Exit Art, New York, NY
Lecturer, Nature Reinvented: From the Hudson River School to the 21st Century, with Dr. Kevin J. Avery, Curator of American Painting at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Samuel Dorsky Museum, State University of New York at New Paltz, NY
Guest Speaker, Environmental Art 1970 – Present, The New School/Parsons, New York, NY
Panelist, On Curating, Rockland Center for Contemporary Art (RoCA), Nyack, NY
Moderator, EcoMetropolis Conference, artists Brandon Ballengee, Christy Rupp, Aviva Rahmani,
City University of New York Graduate Center, New York, NY
Panel Organizer, Human/Nature: Art and the Environment, artist Alan Sonfist, critic, Steven Henry
Madoff, scientist, Alex Brush, Carriage House Center on Global Issues, NY, New York, in conjunction with ecoartspace, The Nature Conservancy, NY Audubon and Nurture New York’s Nature.
Lecturer, Art and Activism, New York University, New York, NY
Panelist, Ecological Art, with Elizabeth Thompson, Director, Buckminster Fuller Institute, author,
Linda Weintraub, artist, Alexis Rockman. EcoMetropolis Conference, CUNY Graduate Center, NY, NY
Panel Organizer, Human/Nature: Art and the Environment, artist Alexis Rockman, curator Helen Molesworth, scientist Mark Cane, Professor of Climate Sciences at the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, in conjunction with ecoartspace, The Nature Conservancy, NY Audubon and Nurture New York’s Nature, Carriage House Center on Global Issues, New York, NY
Symposium Organizer, Reconsidering the River,panelists Sidney Horenstein, Curator, American Museum of Natural History, Steve Stanne, NY State Department of Environmental Conservation, David Rothenberg, Eve Andree Laramee, Robert Braine, Basia Irland, Janice Gordon, Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY
Lecturer, The New Ecology of Culture, City University of New York Graduate Center, New York, NY
Panel Organizer, Reconstructing Ecologies, Reclaiming Urban Aquatic Environments Through Art and Science, panel discussion with artists, Alan Sonfist, Peter Strauss, Jackie Brookner, Tim Collins and scientists, Reza Khanbilvardi, Sidney Horenstein and Peter Janiesch, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Selected Print Publications (book chapters, exhibition catalogues, articles, essays and reviews)
Anne Percoc0, New Growth, Drew University, Madison, NJ, August 2014
Collaboration As a Means, Not an End, Schuylkill Center Environmental Art Department, June 2013
Digging Deeper, Strange Invitation, Franklin Street Works, Stamford, CT 2013
Roy Staab, Wheel of Time, Sculpture Magazine Review, July/August 2013
It’s the End of the World as We Know it (and I Feel Fine),Ramapo College Art Galleries, Mahwah, NJ
The New Earthwork: Art, Action, Agency chapter essayPublic Art Ecology: From Restoration to Intervention published by ISC Press (distributed by University of WashingtonPress), fall/winter 2011
Body Line Motion, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, SUNY New Paltz, NY, gallery catalogue, 2010
Four Seasons/Four Corners, Roy Staab, Institute of Visual Arts, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, catalogue essay, 2010
Down to Earth, Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, Philadelphia, PA, brochure essay, 2009
Another Chance – The Wish Machine Travels essay on artist Chrysanne Stathacos, Art Metropole, 2009
48°C Public.Art.Ecology, Goethe-Institut/ Max Mueller Bhavan, New Delhi, India, catalogue essay, 2009
Out of the Blue, Gallery Bergen, Bergen Community College, 2009, Paramus, NJ, brochure essay, 2009
Into the Trees, Fields Sculpture Park at Omi International Arts Center, Ghent, NY, brochure essay, 2008.
Environmental Performance Actions, Exit Art, New York, NY, brochure essay, 2008
Entering from the Inside, the Art of Memory, Temple Judea Museum, Elkins Park, PA, catalogue essay on artist Michele Brody, 2008
Magical Realism, Abington Art Center, Jenkintown, PA, brochure essay, 2007
Another Chance, PS122 Gallery, New York, NY, catalogue essay, 2006
Trouble in Paradise, Orion Magazine, September/October 2004, Great Barrington, MA
Roy Staab, Ephemeral Rhythms, Hudson River Art Magazine, Fall/Winter 2004, Hudson, NY
Ecological Art, Aesthetics of Ecology, Environmental Design by Art: Theory and Applications.
Birkhauser Publishers, Basel/Berlin/Boston, book chapter, 2003
Reconsidering the River, Imaging the River, Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY, catalogue essay, 2003
Ecovention: Current Art to Transform Ecologies, co-publisherwith Contemporary Art Center, Greenmuseum, ecoartspace, Cincinnati, OH, 160 page catalogue for exhibition, 2002
What Exactly is an Ecovention?, Ecovention: Current Art to Transform Ecologies, Contemporary Art Center, Greenmuseum, ecoartspace, Cincinnati, OH, catalogue essay, 2002
Selected Online Publications
Constellation Artwork by Melissa McGill to Illuminate Bannerman Castle, Philipstown.info, Oct. 30, 2013
Art on the Farm and Out in the Open, Philipstown.info, October 9, 2013
Turn On Exhibit Adds to Beacon Art Scene, Philipstown.info, August, 25, 2013
Simon Draper Brings Habitat for Artists Project to Washington’s Corcoran Gallery, Philipstown.info, July 24, 2012
Cows and Horses Mingle at the Farm, Philipstown.info, October 19, 2012
Sixty Artists Converge at Saunders Farm, Philipstown.info, September 12, 2010
ecoartspace blog, writer/editor, 2008 – present
What Exactly is an Ecovention, Ecovention exhibition catalogue, Contemporary Art Center, 2002
Selected Affiliations and Partnerships
Member, ArtTable, New York, NY
The Garrison Institute, Garrison, NY
Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries, Beacon NY
Audubon Society, New York, NY
The Nature Conservancy, New York, NY
Solar One, New York, NY
California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA; BFA, 1980