DSAP Welcomes New Executive Director Michele Carlson
Together with the California College of the Arts (CCA), Daily Serving and Art Practical (DSAP) announce that Michele Carlson will fill the role of DSAP Executive Director, effective immediately. Carlson currently teaches fine art and critical studies across numerous departments in the College. Additionally, she will assume the title of Associate Professor of Visual and Critical Studies in the fall of 2016.
“I am thrilled to join the DSAP team in their continued practice of envisioning the role that critical media plays in our communities,” said Carlson. “I see great potential in their unique position as part of CCA’s community. The work of arts discourse thrives off the profoundly dynamic site of art making and an evolving network of engagement, creating a synergic relevance to pedagogy. The work of arts media is to bravely suggest new methods, scopes, and complexities for contemplating creative production and the broad and unexpected worlds from which it hails.”
Previously, Carlson was the Editor in Chief of Hyphen magazine, a national print and online publication focusing on Asian American culture and politics. She is a member of the Curatorial Committee at Southern Exposure in San Francisco, where she helped to create the inaugural Art Writer’s Fellowship program. Her critical writing has been featured in numerous publications including Art in America, Hyphen, KQED, Afterimage, and various exhibition catalogs.
Daily Serving Editor in Chief Bean Gilsdorf said, “We are very excited to have Michele join us. She brings a wealth of arts writing and publishing experience to our organization, and importantly, a focus on diversity and inclusionary practices. Her leadership and vision will bring us to the next phase of our development, both as part of the College and as independently edited publications.”
“Michele is a dual-degree graduate of Fine Arts and Visual & Critical Studies at CCA, and has taught graduate level thesis classes in both programs for the last six years,” said Tirza Latimer, Chair of the Visual & Critical Studies department. “She has mentored, with particular dedication and effectiveness, students whose work does not conform to traditional disciplinary templates. Her career as an artist, critic, editor, and teacher responds to the imperatives of taking interdisciplinarity and diversity seriously in today’s global and quickly changing visual cultural environments.”
In addition to her teaching, writing, and publishing practices, Carlson is an artist and curator whose trans-disciplinary research investigates the intersections of history, loss, power, and visual culture. Her artwork has been exhibited at Bay Area venues including Patricia Sweetow Gallery, the San Francisco Arts Commission, Intersection for the Arts, and Cerasoli Gallery in Los Angeles. She has received awards and fellowships from Kala Art Institute and San Francisco Arts Commission. Carlson is a part of the collective Related Tactics, which entertains a wide-range of projects that aim to support artists of color, particularly within the field of art writing and criticism. Recently, Related Tactics curated an exhibition at Southern Exposure called Declarations for the New Year, and participated in the exhibition Issued ID: Minority as Brand at Black and White Projects in San Francisco.