Robin Held joins the Minor Matters team as Advisor, bringing her considerable arts experience, creative vision and contacts to bear on our publishing venture.
Held has served as a curator and arts administrator in the Northwest for over a decade, helping artists to realize their most ambitious dreams, commissioning new art, creating exhibitions and performances, and contributing to scholarship. Her past institutional positions include Executive Director of Reel Girls, which educates, mentors and equips young women to create transformative media; Deputy Director of Exhibitions and Collections, Frye Art Museum, Seattle, and Associate Curator at the Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington. She has curated over 125 exhibitions, including the first museum exhibition of Minor Matters artist Joseph Park.
Held has published and lectured extensively on contemporary art and performance, and has established a reputation for creating innovative and compelling exhibitions of contemporary visual art, performance, film and new media. In 2013, she was honored with the Women's Funding Alliance Leah McCullough Legacy Leadership Award; in 2009 she was a Center for Curatorial Leadership Fellow, among other awards and recognitions. Held earned her PhD (ABD) in Art History at the University of Washington, where her studies focused on contemporary art and critical theory in new media, and feminist philosophy.