Art & Dialogue: New York with Kristan Kennedy & Donna Huanca

  • Skowhegan 136 W. 22nd Street New York, NY

Presented as part of Artadia’s Art & Dialogue series, Kristan Kennedy, Visual Art Curator at Portland Institute for Contemporary Art will present a public program in conversation with Donna Huanca, Artadia Awardee and 2006 Skowhegan alumna, at Skowhegan in New York, NY.


Kristan Kennedy is a Portland-based artist, curator, and educator.  She is the Visual Art Curator at the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA). For the last decade, Kennedy has focused on commissioning new work by international emerging artists in the form of large-scale, site-specific installations and solo projects that exist at the borders of genres. Kennedy takes an expansive view of visual art; in addition to presenting the plastic arts, she organizes music, performance art, publications, and new media projects as part of PICA’s year-round programming and for the organization’s annual Time-Based Art Festival.

Kennedy teaches Contemporary Art History at Portland State University, where she directed the MFA Visiting Artist Program and Lecture Series (2011-2016) and founded the programs companion journal STUDIO. She is represented by Fourteen30 Contemporary, Portland, Oregon.

Donna Huanca (A '06) stages surreal architectural collages activated by live performers. She uses socially coded artifacts of the body such as cosmetics and found clothing to create paintings and sculptures, which become backdrops for these durational performances. Painted models, presented as canvases, move glacially through her installations; their morphing tableaux vivants leaving behind scars and ghostly remnants.

Donna Huanca (b. Chicago, USA) studied at the Städelschule, Frankfurt. In 2012 Huanca was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to live and work in Mexico City. Huanca is a recipient of the Art Matters Grant (2010) and the Artadia Award (2015).

Recent exhibitions include: POLYSTYRENE BRACES presented by Art in General, NY at Kim? Riga, Latvia; MUSCLE MEMORY at Peres Projects, Berlin,Germany, WATER SCARS at Valentin, Paris; PSYCHOTRIA ELATA at Art Berlin Contemporary, Berlin, Germany, SADE ROOM (famously reclusive) at MoMA PS1 Printshop New York.


Artadia is a national non-profit organization that supports visual artists with unrestricted, merit-based awards and fosters connections to a network of opportunities. We recognize artistic excellence in cities throughout the United States and introduce local communities to the international art conversation. In the past 15 years, Artadia has awarded over $3 million to more than 300 artists throughout its participating award cities of Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. Over 20,000 artists have applied for the Artadia Awards program.