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Grace Kook-Anderson, the Arlene & Harold Schnitzer Curator of Northwest Art at the Portland Art Museum, oversees the research, documentation, and exhibition of the Museum’s permanent collection of more than 10,000 objects of Northwest art. Kook-Anderson curates the ongoing APEX exhibition series featuring emerging and established artists of the region, and recently published an essay for Anne Appleby: We Sit Together the Mountain and Me at the Tacoma Art Museum. She most recently taught as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Art at Portland State University. Before joining the Portland Art Museum, she worked as an independent curator and arts writer.

During her tenure at Laguna Art Museum (2008-2015), projects included a site-specific commission, An Elongated Now by Lita Albuquerque, for the second Art & Nature. Kook-Anderson curated Best Kept Secret: UCI and the Development of Contemporary Art in Southern California, 1964-1971 in conjunction with Getty’s Pacific Standard Time initiative and produced the accompanying award-winning catalogue. In 2012, she created a serial contemporary art program, ex.pose, focusing on solo exhibitions of emerging and mid-career artists. Kook-Anderson received a dual B.A. degree in art history and art practice from the University of California, Berkeley, and received her M.A. degree in Curatorial Practice from the California College of the Arts in San Francisco.

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