Evanston Art Center Announces Inaugural Curatorial Fellowship 2020-2021

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Adero Knott- Co-Curator and facilitator

Knott (she/her) is an emerging curator who debuted at MCA Chicago, curating "Disability and Perspective", one of four exhibitions belonging to the Commons Artist Project of Norman Teague + Fo Wilson's blkHaUS studios. Adero is a Prosthetics Designer and Founder of AK Prosthetics, Corp., an AdaptiveTech startup on a mission to make customized prosthetics and adaptive wearables accessible and inclusive. Adero has been featured in Forbes, Chicago Sun-Times, and American Inno for her innovative work in the community of Chicago. Adero is also an ADA 25 Advancing Leadership Fellow of 2020.

May 2020
Evanston Art Center
Curatorial Fellowship

EXHIBITION DATES: July 10 – September 5, 2021
CONTACT: Cara Feeney, Director of Exhibitions
Email: cfeeney@evanstonartcenter.org


The Evanston Art Center (EAC), an artistic hub on the North Shore for over ninety years, believes that some communities are all too rarely represented in the curatorial world. To address this situation, the EAC has developed a recurrent, project-based position for a curator of color with ties to the Evanston community to develop an exhibition of their choosing. It is the EAC’s intent that such an exhibit will both build new ties to historically underrepresented groups as well as introduce Evanston and the greater Chicago area to new curatorial and artistic perspectives.

In this, the inaugural year of the program, the EAC is excited to announce the appointment of co-curators Alpha M. Bruton and Adero Knott as this year’s Curatorial Fellows. Their final exhibition will be on display in the Evanston Art Center’s First Floor Gallery from July 10, 2021– September 5, 2021.

Bruton and Knott’s artistic vision entails an intergenerational curatorial practice that seeks to provide a model for emerging and established curators to innovate in curating inclusive experience, gain practical curating experience and critically reflect on how their curatorial style will imprint on the Evanston community and the world. In four exhibitions, each running two weeks, exhibiting artists will examine the state of their environment in society through themes of Racism, Spirituality, Documentation and Art as Wellness.

Throughout the exhibition, Bruton and Knott will invite artists, curators, and the Evanston Art Center community to participate in a series of public dialogues facilitated by Knott and the exhibiting artists. These dialogues will explore ways artists examine their environment through themes of Racism, Spirituality, Documentation, and Art as Wellness, as well as the intersection of art and social justice – how do identity and intersectionality affect our lived experiences, as seen in the practice of an artist?

This program serves as an extension of the Evanston Art Center’s nonprofit mission to foster the appreciation and expression of the arts among diverse audiences. It also fulfills its vision to be widely recognized as a dynamic art education and exhibition center that encourages freedom of artistic expression and enriches cultural life. The EAC strives to be a hub of artistic endeavors, a passionate advocate for the arts, and a valuable partner for arts initiatives in the Evanston community.

The Curatorial Fellowship exhibition will be exhibited in the first-floor gallery of the Evanston Art Center. 

Learn more about the Curatorial Fellowship: https://www.evanstonartcenter.org/curatorial-fellow

About the Evanston Art Center 
The Evanston Art Center (EAC) provides inspiring art education, exhibitions, and expression for all. The EAC is a non-profit that has supported the arts for more than 90 years. 

For more information, please visit us online at www.evanstonartcenter.org or contact Cara Feeney, Director of Exhibitions, at cfeeney@evanstonartcenter.org. 

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