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EXHIBITIONS CURATED 

2016

LightWorks, a collaborative light-based public art exhibition with UC Santa Barbara Visual Arts Department Professor Kim Yasuda, featuring artists Kym Cochran, Danial Nord, Jonathan Smith, Denise Torres, Ethan Turpin, Scottie Wagner, and others, Isla Vista, CA
Campos de Ensuenos: Photography of Mixteco Communities by Ricardo Palavecino and Antonio Juarez, Channing Peake Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA; Santa Barbara Center for Art, Science and Technology, Santa Barbara, CA; and Betteravia Gallery, Santa Maria, CA
Highlights from the Barry Berkus and Family Art Collection, City Hall Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
Teen Arts Mentorship Exhibition, collaborative exhibition with Santa Barbara Arts Fund, Betteravia Gallery, Santa Maria, CA
Chance Encounters, an interactive curatorial performance and exhibition featuring the art of Peter Schenck and Lauren Ruth, Santa Barbara Center for Art, Science and Technology (SBCAST), CA

2015  

Make Out Mob: Softening the Image of Murder Town, USA, a socially engaged public art project, H.B. DuPont Park, Wilmington, DE
Layering Constructs, Margo Allman, Charles Burwell, Antonio Puri, DCCA, Wilmington, DE
Legal Tender, Museum of American Finance, New York City, NY
Alicia Eggert, Known Unknown, DCCA

2014  

Jim Dessicino, Edward Snowden, DCCA
Dennis Beach, Color is Approximate, DCCA
Sam Blanchard,“…this used to be easier…”, DCCA
Pale Redhead Urge Surf, Little Berlin Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
John Moran, American Idols, DCCA
Wilmington Trap Stars: A Street Art Exhibition, DCCA
Mark Harris and Carmel Buckley, Sparrow Come Back Home, DCCA
Mark Stockton, Making Weight, DCCA

2013  

Little White Cubes: Artists’ Makeshift Galleries with Matthew Jensen, DCCA
Curate + Create=CUR(EAT): A Food Based Exhibition with Michael O'Malley
and Tom Marioni 
DRIFT: Artists’ Walks & Runs with Todd Shalom/Elastic City & Lauren Ruth, DCCA
Imperfect City: A Real Time Micro-utopia, DCCA
Steven Baris, Exurban Archipelago, DCCA
Post-Consumed: A Millennial Biennial, DCCA
The Brothers Quay, Through the Weeping Glass, DCCA
Rise and Fall: Monumental Duct Tape Drawings of Joe Girandola, DCCA

2012  

Young Country: Rural Themes in Art, Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Nadia Hironaka & Matthew Suib, Right Here, Out There (Nowhere), DCCA
Jenny Drumgoole, The Real Woman of Philadelphia Cream Cheese Contest, DCCA
Erin Murray, Municipalia, DCCA
New Work by the Dufala Brothers, DCCA
Contraption: Devices in Art, DCCA

2011  

Masters of the Visual Universe, DCCA
Annual Undergraduate Juried Exhibition, Towson University, Baltimore, MD

2010  

Ryan Mulligan, Naked Ben Franklin, Pterodactyl Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2009  

Marilyn Minter, Chewing Color, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH
Spencer Yeh, Standard Definition, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH

2008  

American Idyll: Contemporary Art and Karaoke, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH

2007  

Weight of the World, co-curated with Ryan Mulligan, University of Cincinnati, Department of Art, Architecture and Planning, OH

2006  

Experimental Personalities: Kate Gilmore and Angie Reed, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH
Oh Boy! Men and Masculinity, New Center for Contemporary Art, Louisville, KY

SELECTED LECTURES AND SYMPOSIA


2016  

Presenter, On Curating, Youth Interactive Creative Studio, Santa Barbara, CA
Featured Speaker, Art Without Limits Workshop, Art From Scrap, Santa Barbara, CA

2015 
 
Panelist, The Business of Art, Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA
Curator, Social Robotics in the Digital Age, Gretchen Hupfel Symposium, DCCA
Participant on Great Dames Team, 2015 Idea Challenge, Technology Forum of Delaware, 1313 Innovation, Wilmington, DE
Visiting Lecturer, University of Delaware Fine Arts Department, Newark, DE
Curating Contemporary Art panel discussion with curators Margaret Winslow, Danielle Rice, and Ryan Grover, Wilmington Rotary Club, Wilmington, DE

2014  

Curating As Advocacy, Arden Scholars Gild, Wilmington, Delaware
Organizer and presenter, Socially Engaged Art: A Debate, featuring Pablo Helguera, Gretchen Hupfel Symposium, DCCA
Live interview with Nick Cave, Baltimore Contemporary, Baltimore, MD

2013  

Lecturer on socially engaged exhibitions, SUNY Stony Brook, Manhattan campus, NY
Organizer, Imperfect City: Socially Engaged Artistic Practice, Gretchen Hupfel Symposium, DCCA
Presenter, Imperfect City, Earth Perfect Symposium, University of Delaware, Newark, DE

2012 
 
Panelist, Medium of Exchange, Southeastern College Art Conference, Raleigh Durham, NC
Panelist and presenter, Curating to Provoke Symposium, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
Organizer and presenter, SUPERSTRUCTURE panel, Gretchen Hupfel Symposium, DCCA
Presenter, People’s Biennial, Haverford College, Haverford, PA
Presenter, Young Country presentation, Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD

2011  

Lecturer, Art, Life, and Curating, Towson University, Baltimore, MD
Lecturer, Blockbusters and Biennials: Historical and Present Views, DCCA
Visiting Critic, MFA Studios, Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
Presenter, Young Country exhibition at Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Visiting Critic, MFA Studios, University of Delaware, Newark, DE
Presenter, What Is Art? Ignite Wilmington, World Café, Wilmington, DE

2010  

Presenter, Q&A with Founder of Thrill Jockey Records, Chicago, Bettina Richards on artist book publishing as part of the Gretchen Hupfel Symposium on The Book exhibition, DCCA

2009  

Visiting Critic, Architecture and Urban Planning, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL
Panelist, Inland Visual Art Center Symposium, Bradley University, Peoria, lL
Visiting Critic, Art Academy of Cincinnati, OH

2007  

Lecturer, America Starts Here: Kate Ericson and Mel Zeigler, University of Cincinnati,
Department of Art, Architecture and Planning, Cincinnati, OH

2006  

Lecturer on careers in museum studies, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY
Lecturer, Oh Boy! On Men and Masculinity, New Center for Contemporary Art, Louisville, KY

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS JURIED & PORTFOLIOS REVIEWED


2016  

Panelist, Take Part/Make Art Architectural Pavilion Competition, Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Barbara, CA
Panelist, Museum Career Panel, Art, Design and Architecture Museum, UC Santa Barbara, CA
Panelist, Bring Your Own Art, Public Art Review, Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Barbara, CA
Juror, Annual Student Art Exhibition, Atkinson Gallery, Santa Barbara City College, Santa Barbara, CA
Juror, Santa Barbara Tennis Club Annual Exhibition, Santa Barbara, CA
Juror, Abstract Art Collective Annual Exhibition, Santa Barbara, CA

2015  

Juror, Street Xpressions Hip Hop Festival, Wilmington, DE
Juror, The Shaft Juried Art Exhibition, Wilmington, DE
Palm Springs Photo Festival, Portfolio Reviewer, Palm Springs, CA
Annual Portfolio Review, DCCA, Wilmington, DE

2014  

Panelist, Palm Springs Photo Festival, New York City, NY
Panelist, Art Slant/EXPO Chicago, Curator’s Open, Chicago, IL
Juror, 22nd National Juried Exhibition, Salisbury, MD
Juror, Perkins Center for the Arts, Creative Tension Exhibition, Moorestown, NJ
Juror, Wind Challenge Grant, Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA
Portfolio Reviewer, Annual Photo Conference FotoFest, Houston, TX

2013  

Portfolio Reviewer, Annual Photo Conference FotoFest, Houston, TX
Juror, 9th International Exhibition, Shore Institute for Contemporary Art, Asbury Park, NJ

2012  

Juror, Rehoboth Art League’s 4th Regional Juried Exhibition, Rehoboth, DE
Juror, Penny Fox Student Travel Fellowship, Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Juror, Delaware Valley Art League Exhibition, DE

2011  

Juror, Towson University Undergraduate Juried Exhibition, Baltimore, MD

SELECTED SCHOLARLY & PROFESSIONAL PUBLICATIONS


2016

Joan Tanner, The False Spectator exhibition brochure essay, Suyama Space, Seattle, WA
David Slovic, Whisper exhibition catalog essay, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE

2015

Margo Allman, Charles Burwell, and Antonio Puri, Layering Constructs exhibition catalog essay
University of Delaware MFA Thesis exhibition catalog essay
Dennis Beach, Color is Approximate exhibition catalog essay
Jim Morris, Imaging Power and Flux exhibition catalog essay

2014

John Muse and Jeanne Finley, Temporary Structure exhibition catalog essay
Carmel Buckley and Mark Harris, Sparrow Come Back Home exhibition catalog essay
DCCA exhibition brochure essays on the art of Dawn Hunter, Margery Amdur, Kay Healy, Mark Stockton, Scott Kip, John Moran, Daniel Cutrone, and others

2013

Radical Participation: A Series of Four Interactive Exhibitions, exhibition catalog
DCCA exhibition texts, including Tim Eads, Di Fang, Wei-Tu Chen, John Williams, Benjamin Duke, Kerry Adams, Margaret Morton, and others

2012

Monumental Duct Tape Drawings by Joe Girandola, exhibition catalog essay
DCCA exhibition texts, including Jenny Drumgoole, Alison Stigora, Emily Hermant, Kelly Kozma, Nick Kripal, The Dufala Brothers, Erin Murray, Matt and Nadia Hironaka

2011

Young Country: Rural Themes in Art exhibition catalog essay

2006

Experimental Personalities: Kate Gilmore and Angie Reed, Contemporary Arts Center,
Cincinnati, exhibition brochure essay

2004

Brochure and web-based essays: Barbara Kruger, Alice Neel, J.B. Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KY

SELECTED EXHIBITION REVIEWS & PRESS


2016  

Jeanette Casillas, “Light Sculptures to Illuminate Isla Vista,” May 13, 2016, Casa Magazine
Charles Donelan, “SBCAST Is Born: A New Live/Work/Arts Community Emerges on Garden Street,” March 24, 2016, The Santa Barbara Independent
Joe Payne, “Teen Arts Mentorship program shows results at Betteravia Gallery,” May 25, 2016, 
Santa Maria Sun
Kenny Lindberg, “For the People, By the People Exhibition records county’s historical journey,” January 25, 2016, Santa Maria Times

2015  

Margie Fishman, “Pop up art gallery sets up temporary shop in city,” July 30, 2015, The News Journal 
Mark Nardone, “Cutting Edge in the Art Scene: Maiza Hixson,” August 2015, Delaware Today Magazine
“The Make Out Mob,” First For Friday, May 29, 2015, WHYY online video report
Matthew Albright, “Make Out Mob aims to soften city’s image with smooches,” May 14, 2015, 
The News Journal
Shana O’Malley, “Make Out Mob wants Wilmington residents to puck up for peace,” May 13, 2015, WDEL 101.7 FM
Anne Quito, “The weird, wild world of Edward Snowden art tributes,” April 11, Quartz Online Magazine

2014  

Mark Nardone, “Mixed Media Art Examines Truth in Flux,” December, Delaware Today
Ryan Cormier, “UD Student’s 9-foot Edward Snowden statue at DCCA,” October 27, The News Journal
Matthew Morris, “Critics’ Picks: Mark Harris and Carmel Buckley at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts,” May 9, Artforum
Margie Fishman, “Exhibit Celebrating Street Art Surprises Prosecutors,” April 4, The News Journal
Margie Fishman, “Exhibit Gives Us Glass Presidents,” July 10, The News Journal
Becky Huff Hunter, “Emily Erb: Critic’s Picks,” Jan 18, Artforum

2013  

Margie Fishman, “Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts exhibit deconstructs dollar bill,” Nov 1, The News Journal, Wilmington
Edith Newhall, “Steven Baris Navigates a New Venue,” August 26, The Philadelphia Inquirer
Margie Fishman, “Peoples Park part of DCCA exhibit: Peoples Park in downtown Wilmington encourages community action,” April 14, The News Journal
Cara Ober, “From Joy to Terror at School 33,” March 23, bmoreart.com, Baltimore

2012  

Edith Newhall, “In Delaware, Themes that Captivate Young Artists,” December 9, The Philadelphia Inquirer
Victoria Donohoe, “Delaware Center builds worthy show,” May 4, The Philadelphia Inquirer
Darren White, “Domestic Spaces Challenge the Concept of "Home": The DCCA is taking on the comforts of quiet domesticity in a series of exhibitions,” May 2, Philadelphia Weekly
Edith Newhall, “Galleries: 'Willie Cole: Deep Impressions' emphasizes artist's ties to Newark N.J.,” The Philadelphia Inquirer
Melissa Duko, “Maiza Hixson: Most Intriguing People of 2011,” December, The News Journal

2011 
 
Melissa Duko, “Maiza Hixson: Mastering an eye for art is a full-time job,” May, The News Journal
Gary Soulsman, When the Lights Go Down in the City, January, The News Journal
Victoria Donohoe, “A traveling show on rural themes,” July 15, The Philadelphia Inquirer
Jennifer Corbett, “The DCCA Explores the Heartland As Art Land,” July 25, The News Journal
Libby Rosof, “Young Country at Rosenwald-Wolf,” July 25, The Artblog, Philadelphia
Ken Mammarella, “Passionate Path to Art: DCCA curator Maiza Hixson challenges perceptions,” October 16, Brandywine Signature Magazine, Delaware

2010  

Aubree Penney, “Translating Image to Language to Image Again,” Haverford College, May 4, People’s Biennial Blog, haverford.edu

2009 
 
Steve Rosen, “Sights of the Season: CAC unveils high-profile shows for its 
2009-2010 season,”
CityBeat, April, Cincinnati

2008
  
Steve Rosen, “Artful Resilience: The local visual arts scene remains vital despite tough times,”
CityBeat, December, Cincinnati
Laura James, “Cover Story: Atlas Sung: CAC’s Uncoordinated and American Idyll dissect globalization and popular culture in new ways,” CityBeat, June, Cincinnati

2006  

Diane Heilenman, “U of L Curatorial Degree Reflects Deregulation of Art World Rules,” Louisville

TV, RADIO, & PODCAST INTERVIEWS


2015  

Delaware State of the Arts, Podcast Interview, Maiza Hixson: Curating A City, aired October 18
WHYY-TV, Articulate with Jim Cotter: Maiza Hixson: On Curating, Season 3, Episode 1, aired October 1
WHYY-TV, First, public media news magazine, The Make Out Mob, aired May 29

2014 
 
Delaware Online, Bringing ‘The Street’ to the Walls of the DCCA, April 3
Live Interview with Nick Cave, Baltimore Contemporary, MD, February 18
 
2012  

Artblog Radio, Interview with DCCA Curator Maiza Hixson, uploaded to Youtube on Feb 25

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE


2016 – Present
Curator-in-Residence/Chance Encounter Specialist, 
Santa Barbara Center for Art, Science and Technology (SBCAST), Santa Barbara, CA

2015 – Present
Chief Curator, Santa Barbara County Arts Commission
Santa Barbara, CA

2010 – 2015
Chief Curator / Gretchen Hupfel Curator of Contemporary Art
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE

2010
Curatorial Administrator, The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, PA

2006 – 2009
Associate Curator, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH

2004 – 2006
Curatorial Fellow, Lecturer, J.B. Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KY

2001 – 2002
Manager, Graduate and Undergraduate Exhibitions
School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

ACADEMIC POSITIONS

2012 – 2013
Senior Lecturer, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2011 – 2012
Instructor, Towson University, Baltimore, MD

EDUCATION


2015
Independent Curators International, Curatorial Intensive, New York

2012
Independent Curators International, Curatorial Intensive, New York

2005
MA, University of Louisville, KY, Critical and Curatorial Studies

2002
School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL, Post Baccalaureate Study

2000 
BA, University of Louisville, KY, French

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