D a v i d   J.   B r o w n

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Executive Summary

Innovative not-for-profit art professional who is experienced in all facets of national arts and cultural organizations. Skilled in administration, artistic and cultural production, collaboration, fundraising, programming, education initiatives, building and maintaining community, relationship development with audiences, boards, staffs, artists, clients, patrons and other community leaders, budget development and oversight, publications, research, marketing, strategic thinking and planning, and creative applications. Excellent knowledge of artistic and organizational practices. Wide range of professional contacts in the field.

Professional Experience

Arts Management Consultant, Winston Salem, North Carolina, 2010 – present

Providing expertise in management, curatorial programming, and planning for artists and arts/cultural organizations on a project-by-project basis. Recently completed a full-time three-year art management contract as Director and Chief Curator, Fine Art Museum and Director of Special Projects and Initiatives, Western Carolina University. Day-to-day administration duties and oversight of all curatorial/educational programming for university art museum, train and supervise staff, budget development and fiscal oversight, work with development department to identify funding opportunities, strategic planning, branding, marketing and pr initiatives, promoting collaborations and engaged learning opportunities with faculty and students across department disciplines. Researched and created reports that considered the position of the museum within its peers institutions across the state, making the case for increased support by the university. Worked with the business school director to begin the process of developing a separate 501(c) (3) non-profit organization to support the museum and to be the legal entity that owns the museum’s collection. Represent the organization and school at regional and national conferences, state-wide events, and cultural activities. Also work to identify and manage multidisciplinary special public projects for the College of Fine and Performing Arts that result in a higher visibility and increased enrollment for the College and the University.

Deputy Director of Art, Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, Virginia. 2007 – 2010 Provided the vision and leadership for the successful reinvention of an established fifty-year old organization, transitioning into a new 81,000 sq foot state-of-the-art facility in November 2008. The $61 million new museum had a first year budget of $4.1 million and a staff of 42. Worked with the Director in presenting capital campaign funding opportunities to current and potential patrons. Oversaw all art and aesthetic strategies and development for the public spaces of the museum, including all exhibitions, public programming and related activities, created a new space for new media and a community oriented area for regional art and culture. Worked directly with architect Randall Stout and Associates in designing various aspects of the museum’s public spaces. Range of exhibitions in the year one included Rethinking Landscape: Contemporary Photography; In the Cataclysmic Calm: Randal Stout Architecture; Pens and Needles: Drawings for Tattoos; In Life I Was Silent, In Death I Sing (regional string instrument makers and music series); Stand Up and Holler: Mike Houston and Martin Mazorra; Devorah Sperber: A Strange Case of Déjà vu; Primitivo Suarez-Wolfe: Recurring; Reef: Rob Ley and Joshua G. Stein; and others.

Spearheaded a major national art educational initiative with a budget of $300,000 (chiefly provided by two major patrons with additional support by members of the community); conceiving, planning and implementing new 2200 square foot art learning lab in February, 2009 with selected nationally-recognized co-collaborators:

Allan and Ellen Wexler (artists, architect and art educator), Gary Panter (artist and Emmy-award winning set designer for Pee-Wee’s Playhouse), Joshua White (TV and theater producer, designer of Joshua White Light Shows for Bill Graham’s Fillmore East and other cultural institutions), Jeremy Kolosine (internationally recognized electronic 8-bit musician and record producer).

Developed Bright Minds, Big Ideas – a quarterly lecture series investigating the use of innovation and creativity across various disciplines. Participants include: Paul Miller, aka D.J. Spooky, that subliminal kid (writer, composer, musician); Steve Badanes and John Connell (designers/builders of sustainable structures); and Anna Deveare Smith (actress, playwright, educator, MacArthur ‘genius’ grantee).

Chief Curator and the HOME House Project Director, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston Salem, North Carolina. 1999 to 2007

Performed administration, curatorial oversight and related activities for large contemporary art institution with annual operating budget of $1.3 million and a staff of 13. Developed and maintained relationships with donors (including members of the Hanes Family Foundation), institutions, business and community leaders, and artists resulting in continuing support for the organization.

Devised, planned, funded and implemented all aspects of The HOME House Project (HHP), a six-year, international, arts-based initiative on the future of sustainable, affordable housing. Worked with mayors, city and state officials, heads of utility commissions, affordable housing groups and advocates, art museums, architects and artists in realizing the project. The initiative was divided into 6 parts: a competition, an exhibition that traveled to 10 cities across the US; a building stage (Cincinnati built the first two homes); shared inventory of new building materials and technologies; an educational program consisting of films, videos, lectures, and panels; and an award-winning book (that I co-designed) published and is currently available through MIT Press, Boston, MA. According to Bart Harvey, CEO of the Enterprise Foundation (Columbia, MD), HHP was the chief inspiration for their Green Building Initiative that started out as a 5-year, $555 million program that has since grown to $6 billion range in 26 Enterprise zones across the US.

Administration and management included network development that helped increased the visibility and funding opportunities for the organization; yearly budget development and oversight; research; public presentations and media interviews; short and long range planning including leading a staff driven initiative for the organization’s first capital campaign in twenty years; fundraising including grant writing, direct asks and business partnerships; plan and design of scholarly publications, and other printed media; publications; board liaison; supervision of 5 full time and 10 part-time staff.

Curator, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio. 1996-99

Created and managed all aspects of exhibition programming for major arts institution with an annual operating budget of $1.1 million, a staff of 14, and 10,000 square feet of exhibition space. Developed and maintained relationships with other cultural institutions, business and community leaders, artists, and patrons.

Worked as part of a two-person team to develop and raise funds for exhibitions and related programming for the institution. Using board contacts, we met with corporate reps to present packaged funding opportunities (and a range of benefits for the supporters) with a success rate between 80-90 percent for a dozen annual programs. The support opportunities ranged from $10,000 dollars on the low end to $50,000 on the high end.

Other duties involved network development with other contemporary art institutions; annual budget development and monitoring; research; short range planning including the initial planning for a new $25 million building that Zaha Hadid was commissioned to design and build; grant development and fundraising as mentioned; publications; staff supervision (3 direct and 8-10 indirect reports); related programming events.

Director, Exhibitions, Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore, MD, 1989-96

Administrator and programmer for five galleries in three separate buildings for a nationally recognized art school. Identified and secured various funding opportunities resulting in the realization of extensive projects. Worked with public relations and other staff to brand, market, and advertise the program. Hired and trained staff and student workers. Developed and oversaw annual budgets. Facilitated relationships between 110 faculty, 1500 students, exhibiting and resident artists and the greater Baltimore community. Co-chaired the advisory committee comprised of faculty, staff, and student reps.


Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, Certificate in Non-Profit Management

Virginia Commonwealth University, School of the Visual Arts, Richmond, VA

Master of Fine Arts, minor in Art History and Criticism, with honors.

Old Dominion University, Department of Art, Norfolk, VA, Bachelor of Fine Arts, with honors.


Sampling of Exhibitions

Love, Devotion, and Surrender (inaugural international video art exhibition at 22 London, a new 8500 sq ft space in Asheville, NC)

Another Better World (featuring Joyce Scott, the Workingman Collective, Gideon Mendel, Gonzalo Fuenmayor, Marconi Union with Richie Johnston, Patrick Jacobs, Ruth Dusseault, Carol Prusa, and others)

Tracking Time: Anna Jenson and Karen Ann Myers

Primitivo Suarez-Wolfe: Recurring

Gary Kachadourian: Forest/City (4000 sq ft installation)

Edward J. Bisese’s Good Thoughts Better

Remote Sites of War

Stand Up and Holler: Mike Houston and Martin Mazorra (shown in tandem with Rembrandt’s Beggar prints)

Judith Schaechter: A Relentless Pursuit of Perfection

Alberto Gaitan: Remembrancer

Devorah Sperber: A Strange Case of Déjà vu

Reclaiming Landscape: Works from the Allen G. Thomas Collection

Downhome and Outback: Regional Music Archives and Performances

In Life I Was Silent, In Death I Do Sing

Allan Wexler: Drawing Architecture

The Barnstormers (26 member collection from the US and Japan)

Edward Burtynsky: The China Series (and nationally travelling exhibition)

Charles Morrow: Sound Space

The HOME House Project: the Future of Affordable Housing (6-year initiative and travelling exhibition)

Al Souza: Inverse Warp Field

David Byrne: What Is It?

Yoko Ono: En/Trance

Lesley Dill’s Tongues on Fire: Visions and Ecstasy

Terry Adkins: Greater Deeps (based on the life and times of John Brown)

Theater of Excess: An Installation by David Mach

Innuendo Non Troppo: Gregory Barsamian (and nationally travelling exhibition)

Roy Lichtenstein: Man Hit By the 21st Century

Richard Artschwager and A Chair Is Just A Chair: The Furniture of Donald Judd

Project Director, Rejoining the Spiritual: The Land in Contemporary Latin American Art, curated by Inverna Lockpez and Suzanne Garrigues, which featured on-site installations by Maria Magdalena Compos-Pons, Regina Vater, Catalina Parra, Ismael Frigerio, Josely Carvalho, Rimer Cardillo, and the work of Ana Meindeita

Kustom Kulture: Von Dutch, Ed Big Daddy Roth, Robert Williams and Others

Beyond Glory: Re-Presenting Terrorism (co-curated with Nina Felshin) and national symposium: The Politics and Imagery of Terrorism (front cover story, New Art Examiner)


 Coordinated Exhibitions

 Transformers, curated by Ralph Rugoff, Independent Curators International

Kustom Kulture: Von Dutch, Ed “Big Daddy” Roth, Robert Williams, and Others, curated by C. R. Stecyk, Laguna Art Museum (added additional material to the show)

Millennium Eve Dress, curated by Janet Kardon, Fabric Workshop and Museum (added five community projects to the exhibit)

Amnesia: Contemporary South American Art, curated by Christopher Grimes

Presumed Innocence, curated by Jean Crutchfiled, Anderson Gallery, Virginia Commonwealth University; Atelier Van Leishout, curated by Margaret A. Miller and independent curator, Jade Dellinger, Contemporary Art Museum, University of South Florida

Post-Hypnotic, curated by Barry Blinderman, University Galleries of Illinois State University

POPulence, curated by David Pagel, Blaffer Gallery, University of Houston

Create And Be Recognized, Photography On The Edge, curated by Deborah Klochko and John Turner, Yerba Buena, Center for the Arts

Lucy Orta: Nexus Architecture + Connector IV, curated by Margaret Miller and Jade Dellinger, the USF Contemporary Art Museum

Carrie Mae Weems: The Louisiana Project, curated by Susan Cahan, Newcomb Art Gallery, Tulane University

Black Panther Rank and File, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts with Claude Simard

Pae White: Lisa—Bright and Dark, organizing curator, Marilu Knode, the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.


Related Professional and Community Activities

-Juror, American Institute of Architects awards, Tampa, FL.

-Creative Consultant, Love, Devotion, and Surrender exhibition, Asheville, NC

-Guest Curator, Another Better World, The Bascom: A Center for Art, Highlands, NC

-Chair, Time.Space.Money. and Another 5 x 5: Mining the DC Area’s Distinct Culture, College Art Association National Conference, Washington, DC.

-Chair, Towards a Better Future: Art, Activism, Ideas, and Opportunities Beyond the Studio, Pt 1 and 2; Co-Chair, Are We There Yet: Creative Communities Outside of Art Centers, College Art Association National Conference, New York, NY. Participants included Natalie Jeremijenko (named 2013 Most Innovative People by MIT Technology Review); Patricia Jones, Director of Eyebeam, a technology-based residency program); Elizabeth Thompson, Director of the Buckminster Fuller Institute; and six others.

-Reviewer, Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant applications.

-Service to Artists Committee, College Art Association in conjunction with their national conferences in New York (twice), Washington, DC, and Chicago.

-Creative Corridors Design Review Committee of the City of Winston Salem, Mayor appointed.

-Design Steering Committee, Creative Corridors, Winston Salem, NC.

-Artist Grant Panelist, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia.

-National Professional Peer Review Member, Design Excellence in Art and Architecture, General Services Administration, Washington, D.C.

-Guest lecturer, Visual Voices professional lecture series, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia.

-Board Member, Public Arts Commission, city wide public art panning and activities, Roanoke, Virginia.

-Board Member, Public Art Committee, Winston Salem, NC.

-Reviewer (multiple), National Endowment for the Arts, Challenge American Fast Track Grants.

-Hillbilly Happiness: The Barnstormers’ Pilgrimage Down South, Out of the Frame: Creativity and Change panel, College Art Association national conference, New York.

-Summit Planner and Participant, Southern Federation for the Arts, Atlanta, GA.

-Advisor, Urban Habitats, Seeking a New Housing Development Model Competition, Charlottesville Community Design Center, Charlottesville, VA.

-Lead Developer, The HOME House Project Consortium, Winston Salem, NC.

-Guest Panelist, state-wide grants, North Carolina Arts Council, Raleigh, NC.

-Guest Panelist, state-wide grants, Virginia Commission for the Arts, Richmond, VA.

-Co-Chairman, Art Advisory Committee, First International Freedom Conductor Award,

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Cincinnati, OH. Awarded to artist Fred Wilson.

-Co-Chairman, Visual Arts Alliance, Cincinnati, OH. VAA consists of representatives from seven area universities and three arts organizations in a collaborative approach to share resources and information in bringing nationally-recognized artists to work in the community.

-Consultant, Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Art and Culture, Baltimore, MD. Worked with city officials, artists, curators in designing and implementation of a series of community-based exhibitions each Summer.

-Board of Directors, Program Review Committee, Washington Projects for the Arts. Washington, DC.

-Private consultant, under contract with international arts program providing artwork for U.S. embassies throughout the world. Responsible for over 120 contemporary art collections composed of loaned and donated artworks including program policy development, collections maintenance and conservation, liaison between US ambassadors, museums, galleries, private collectors and artists. Washington, DC.

-Founding member, Botswana, an artists-run gallery and lounge sponsored by the Washington Projects for the Arts and formed to address the needs of younger or under-recognized individuals from various artistic backgrounds.

-Adjunct Faculty, Virginia Commonwealth University, taught classes in drawing.

-Museum Specialist, National History Museum, Museum of American Art, National Building Museum, Renwick Gallery of Art (all Washington, DC), United Nations Building (NY), The Contemporary (Baltimore, MD) and various galleries in Richmond and Washington. Specialized in all facets of two and three dimensional exhibition design/installation, team consulting with artists, curators, conservators and chief design firms.



Another Better World, Highlands, NC

Fostering the Creative Life, University of North Carolina, Asheville.

University Museums in the 21st Century, Ulrich Museum, Wichita State University.

Bridging Community—the Journey One Can Take, Visual Voices professional lecture series organized by George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia.

The HOME House Project, Neighborhood Housing Services of Asheville in a partnership with the Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, NC.; Center for Visual Art and Culture, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD; Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, VA. Beach, VA., Fredrick Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, the Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati; Cleveland Institute of Art, and the New York School of Interior Design)

Community Building by Design: Affordable Housing and Neighborhood Revitalization (panel discussion), Baltimore, MD.

The HOME House Project, lecture and panel, Art Gallery, University of North Texas at Denton; the College Art Association national conference, Seattle, WA.; national conference, Association of Community Design, Baltimore, MD.

Lesley Dill’s Tongues on Fire: Visions and Ecstasy, Americans for the Arts, National Conference on Public Art, Nashville, TN.

Roy Lichtenstein: Man Hit by the 21st Century, 11th Annual Dr. Lawrence B. and Shirley Gang Memorial, Guest Lecturer, Huntington Museum of Art.

Bombs, Boats, Botswana and Other Versions of In-Between, The Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati,

Tipping the Scale: Recent Projects at the Maryland Institute, Tokushima, Japan,


Professional Memberships

American Alliance of Museums

College Art Association

National Organization of Museum Exhibitors

The Association of Colleges and University Museum and Galleries


Selected Grants

National Endowment for the Arts (multiple)

Oak Hill Fund

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts (multiple)

NC Arts Council (multiple)

NC Arts Council through the Lila Wallace-Readers Digest Fund

Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation (multiple)

Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts

Arts Council of Forsyth County (multiple)

Roanoke Arts Commission

Virginia Commission of the Arts



David Raymond’s Other People’s Pictures/Eric Oglander: Craigslist Mirrors, editor, writer, published through Western Carolina University.

Strange Loops, Reni Gower, 30 Years of Painting, ‘Between Thing and Picture’, contributing essayist. Published by Virginia Commonwealth University.

Devorah Sperber: A Strange Sense of Déjà vu, published by the Taubman Museum of Art.

Rethinking Landscape, published by the Taubman Museum of Art.

The HOME House Project, the future of affordable housing, book published by the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston Salem, NC, distributed by MIT Press, Cambridge, MA. The book is currently in its second printing.

John Water’s Change of Life, interview with artist/film maker, Juxtapoz magazine.

Thresholds: Art and the Spiritual, contributing writer, joint project of the Art Councils of Florida, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee Arts Councils,

Health, Happiness, and Metempsychosis: The Art of James Harold Jennings, exhibition catalogue, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston Salem, NC,

Lesley Dill’s Tongues on Fire: Vision and Ecstasy, exhibition catalogue and compact disc, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston Salem, NC.

Joel Otterson’s Domestications, Juxtapoz magazine.

Innuendo Non Troppo: The Work of Gregory Barsamian, exhibition catalogue with flip book, The Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH.

Roy Lichtenstein: Man Hit by the 21st Century, exhibition catalogue, The Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH.

Violent Persuasions: The Politics and Imagery of Terrorism (with Robert Merrill), Bay Press, Seattle, WA.