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Ariel Shanberg is a highly-regarded curator, writer, public speaker, and not-for-profit director based in New York.
Over his 16+ year career, Ariel has initiated and overseen dynamic projects and institutional growth. With a passion for collaboration, he has helped strengthen not just the organizations he works with but the community around them as a whole.
As a fundraiser Ariel has successfully raised funds from and maintained longstanding relationships with private individual donors and foundations, state and federal agencies, and corporate sponsors.
Ariel’s passion for bridge building – connecting artists and audiences through impactful experiences – is his defining trait.
Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. BFA cum laude. 1997
NAMAC National Leadership Institute. Silver Falls, OR. September 2012
NAAO Co-Generate Project. New York, NY. Invited participant. A convening of regional arts administrators under 30. September 1999
The Center for Photography at Woodstock (CPW) Executive Director
2003 – present*
• Guided CPW Board and Staff, providing administrative leadership and artistic vision while fulfilling CPW’s core mission. Annually oversaw all aspects of budgeting and operations.
• Managed all aspects of annual development campaigns. Created marketing programs and gala events. Secured funding from federal, state, private, corporate and individual sources.
• Oversaw CPW’s year-round programs and services in the field, Served as senior curator – organized solo and group exhibitions; identified guest curators, jurors, panelists, and collaborative partners for special projects.
• Served as CPW ambassador for organizational collaborations and at inter/national events and conferences.
* First joined the organization as a full-time staff member in 1999 as Program Assistant followed by promotion to Associate Program Director in 2001.
• Spearheaded the philosophical shift of CPW’s identity to be an artist-centered space in 2007.
• Hosted the 2007 Mid-Atlantic and Northeast Regional Conference for the Society for Photography Education.
• Established the “Digital Kitchen” a professional quality communal digital workspace/classroom in 2008.
• Participated in the New York State Artist Workspace Consortium (2003-2009), which led to the defining and advocacy of the artists workspace residency on a national level producing four publications and a symposium at MoMA (NYC).
• Led CPW’s first rebranding in over 20 years in 2009.
• Received the 2010 Lucie Spotlight Award for significantly altering the landscape of photography.
• Expanded CPW’s artist workspace residency program, which was recognized as one of the top 20 residencies on Artinfo.com in 2012.
• Founding member of the Hudson Valley Visual Arts Collection Consortium a group dedicated to digitizing key collections overseen by five arts organizations in the Hudson Valley for greater public awareness and access with the long term vision of establishing a collections storage and research facility in the region.
• Oversaw the complete rebuild of CPW’s website in 2013.
• Launched CPW’s first series of video profiles on Artists-in-Residence in 2014.
• Secured nearly $270,000 in grants from two private foundations in 2014/15 to initiate Capital Campaign process.
DISCOVERIES OF THE MEETING PLACE (FotoFest) Houston, TX. Selected Roger Ebhard (Switzerland) for 2016 Biennial exhibition. Spring 2016
HUNTERS, GATHERERS, CLICKERS (Center for Photography at Woodstock) Woodstock, NY. A survey of artists whose photo-based work draws from the practice of culling images on the internet. Winter 2015
TABULA RASA (CPW) Woodstock, NY. Site-specific installations by three international artists who pull at the seams of photographic language, mining personal archives to explore the object-hood of the photograph and the ephemeral. Winter 2014
ALL HOT & BOTHERED (Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz) New Paltz, NY. Co-curated with Brian Wallace. Exhibition of prints selected from CPW’s Permanent Print Collection, on extended loan to the SDMA. Summer 2008
FOOD FOR THOUGHT (The Light Factory) Charlotte, NC. Exhibition of nine contemporary photographers and video artists whose work incorporates food as an expressive medium to consider community, relationships, place, societal views, contemporary art, and everyday routines. Spring 2008
PHOTOGRAPH. March/April 2014. Guest Columnist for the “Back Page” feature. Writing on the work of John Coplans. Winter 2014
EXPOSURE. Volume 46 I¬¬ssue 2. Published by the Society for Photographic Education. Essay entitled “What If” featuring the work of Jacolby Satterwhite, Debbie Grossman, and Larissa Sansour. Fall 2013
ASPECT: THE CHRONICLE OF NEW MEDIA ART Volume 20 – “The Cinematic”. Audio commentary on the video work of Hillerbrand+Masgsamen. Summer 2012
CONTACT SHEET #146. Published by Light Work (Syracuse, NY) Essay on Lucas Foglia. Summer 2008
NUEVA LUZ Vol 12:3. Published by En Foco (Bronx, NY) Commentary on work by Myra Greene, Hee Jin Kang, and Martin Weber. February 2008
AIRCRAFT: THE JET AS ART. Preface Author for a monograph on the work of Jeff Milstein. Harry Abrams Publishing. April 2007
Race, Love, & Labor Panel Discussion. Moderator. SUNY New Paltz. September 2014
Paradigm Lecture Series. Guest Lecturer. University of the Arts, Philadelphia. PA. March 2014
Massachusetts Cultural Council Individual Artist Fellowship. Grant Panelist. April 2013
Unseen Art Fair, Panelist. Inaugural Year. Amsterdam, The Netherlands. September 2012
National Endowment for the Arts. Visual Arts Program Grant Reviewer. Washington D.C. November 2009
Mid-Atlantic & Northeast Joint Regional SPE Conference. (CPW). Conference Chair/ Organized and Moderated Panel entitled Surveillance Survey: Servile Subjects or Invertors of the Gaze. November 2007
- Budgetary Planning & Oversight
- Donor Relations
- Grant Writing & Management
- Grant Assessment & Review
- Non-Profit Administration
- Program Development
- Public Speaking
- Staff Supervision and Mentoring
- Strategic Planning
- Artist Relations, Arts Programming, Collaboration, Community Engagement, Contemporary Art, Contemporary Photography, Donor Engagement, Exhibition Design, Exhibition Planning, Leadership, marketing, Program Development, Strategic planning, Team Management
Groups & Associations
- EN FOCO, NAMAC, Society for Photographic Education