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Christine Koppes

Curator and Director of Public Programs
San Jose Institute of
Contemporary Art

Christine Koppes, Curator and Director of Public Programs, San Jose ICA

Curator Biography

Christine Koppes is the Curator and Director of Public Programs at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA). Koppes is dedicated to curating exhibitions that promote awareness and appreciation of contemporary art and culture with an emphasis on emerging and mid-career artists. Recent projects include Sense of Self (2019), a group exhibition of photographers who explore identity and selfhood through portraiture, as well as a collaboration with the LGBTQ Youth Space for programming and a supplemental exhibition. Koppes also curated Surreal Sublime (2018), which explored psychedelic landscapes, and Personal Alchemy (2020) an exhibition of three artists who use art as a tool for healing and combating anxiety. She has also organized multiple large site-specific installations with artists such as Tracey Snelling and Soo Sunny Park.

Koppes also manages the public programs at the ICA, which includes a lecture series called Talking Art and First Friday events that focus on performances and hands-on activities. In 2019 she introduced Art Hangs, a series of pop-up art events throughout downtown San Jose. She sees public programs as an opportunity to create more engaging art experiences and build stronger connections with the community. Koppes has lived and worked in the Bay Area for more than ten years. From 2013 to 2018 she was Assistant Curator of Exhibition and Programs at the Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek, CA. She received her BA in Art History from the University of California, Berkeley.

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