Staff

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Natalia Mount| Executive Director & Chief Curator

Natalia Mount is a dynamic cultural producer with extensive experience in arts leadership, innovative programming development, development and marketing. She has curated and produced over 60 exhibitions and site-specific projects, experimental theatre productions, music, film, radio and literary programs and events. Originally from Bulgaria, for the past 20+ years, Mount lived in New York, where in the early 2000, she co-founded FLUX Art Space – a pioneering nonprofit organization that commissioned and produced long-term art projects, claiming the intersection of art, technology, and civic engagement. In 2010, Mount launched the first radio station in Central New York, Redhouse Radio, that aired exclusively (24/7) arts and culture programs. Mount was the Executive Director of Redhouse Arts Center, a multi-disciplinary space and artist residency program, located in Syracuse.

Mount has worked in renowned institutions, such as MoMA PS1, one of the oldest and largest nonprofit contemporary art institutions in the United States, and the Clocktower, the oldest alternative art project in New York, with its radio station, Clocktower Radio, founded in 2003 as one of the first all-art online museum radio stations in the world.

While at MoMA PS1 and Clocktower, Mount worked with international scope of curators, artists, and institutions, and on seminal exhibitions such as the first Greater New York in 2000; the retrospective of painter John Wesley, covering his entire career from 1961-2000; Around 1984: A Look at Art in the Eighties, Disasters of War: Francisco de Goya, Henry Darger, Jake and Dinos Chapman; Body Works: Bruce Nauman, Valie Export, Gabriel Orozco, Joan Jonas, and Louis Bourgouis; Sol LeWitt: Concrete Block; Min Tanaka presents Subject: Heuristic Ecdysis, Santiago Sierra, Person remunerated for a period of 360 consecutive hours, 2000,  among others. In 2013, Mount was the Associate Director of Research and Archive for the Dale Henry Estate and subsequently, worked in the role of a consultant for the Dale Henry: The Artist Who Left New York retrospective exhibition at Pioneer Works, Center for Art and Innovation in Brooklyn, NY in the Spring of 2014.

Mount is the recipient of numerous prestigious grants and awards, in recognition of her innovative ideas and executive leadership practice. Mount holds an MBA in Media Management from the Metropolitan College of New York in New York, M.A. in Art Market from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and a B.A. in Criminal Justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York.

 

Michael Daddona | Curator & Events Manager (sound-based creative practice & performance)

Michael Daddona, is a sound, visual, and performance artist currently based in Oakland,CA. In his work, Michael explores the relationship between sound, the body and the exterior space in which sound exists. Through high tension multimedia performance, video, photography, sculpture, and curation, Michael Daddona explores the negative spaces of our perceived realities, and the social and physical spaces that surround us. Michael also curates the RATSKIN Records imprint, founded in 2005, which focuses on documenting and releasing important audio based works in the phonographic, cassette , CD and digital formats. He is a co-founding member of the Styrofoam Sanchez/Coral Remains project, which is a mobile sound and performance art unit since 2010; FALSE NONE a cult inspired performance art project; CYBORG EYE, a Italian horror inspired psychedelic offering of nostalgia horror archetypes; and the curator of numerous experimental sound events, art shows, and video screenings, including the Occular Eyeplugs series.

Grace Xu | Curator & Public Program Manager (visual art)

Grace Xu is a recent graduate from the Curatorial Practice program at California College of the Arts, CA. While undergoing her studies there, she was the co-director of the student-run PLAySPACE gallery and the CCA Libraries Assistant Curator.

From 2017 until 2018, Grace was the co-curator of the landmark exhibition with eight US established artists, Artwork for Bedrooms, at CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts SF, CA. She also contributed to the exhibition’s oral history-based catalogue.

Before she came to the United States to pursue her studies in curatorial practice, Grace gained experiences in China and Australia, including organizing performances in museums, film premier, VIP events, and conferences. Grace was a Management Assistant at Jiangsu Changshun Cultural Management and Development Co.,Ltd in China. 

Grace Xu holds an MA Curatorial Practice, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA, BA in Art History and Italian, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia and BA in Biomedicine, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.