CURATOR & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, San Diego Art Institute
Ginger Shulick Porcella is an arts administrator and curator who recently relocated from New York City to San Diego in March 2014 to join the San Diego Art Institute as its Executive Director. In 2010 she founded Big Deal Arts, an advisory firm providing comprehensive services to aid individual artists and arts organizations with a specialization in artist marketing, curatorial consulting, and grant writing.
Porcella frequently lectures on topics related to contemporary curatorial practices, arts administration, and fundraising, and has previously served as the Executive Director of Art Connects New York, the Managing Director of Flux Factory, and the Director of Grants and Community Development at the Council on the Arts and Humanities for Staten Island.
As an independent curator, Porcella largely focuses on new media projects that expand the dialogue around the intersection of art, architecture, and anthropology. Porcella is an Associate Curator with Artist Pension Trust (APT Global) and has curated exhibitions for galleries and museums across the U.S. including; “LUMEN”, an international video and performance art festival (Founder and Head Curator 2010 and 2011); “Ivory Tower”, a video exhibition concurrent with Art Basel Miami Beach 2011; “The Typhoon Continues and So Do You” at Flux Factory, “The Sixth Sense and Other Myths” at NYC Industries for the Blind; the critically-acclaimed “Future/Past” at REVERSE Gallery in NYC and most recently “Beyond Limits: Postglobal Mediations” at San Diego Art Institute (SDAI).
Porcella holds an M.A. in Socio-Cultural Anthropology from Columbia University and B.A. in Art History from DePaul University. Her exhibitions have been positively reviewed in The New York Times and USA Today, and her work has been featured in Hyperallergic, creem magazine, and Modern Painters.