New Foundations w/ curator, director Faron Manuel

The new director of the BAIA Foundation, Faron Manuel returns to the Noize! Faron and JBarber talk about his years of experience as a curator and writer that took him from Clark Atlanta Museum as a docent to the High Museum of Art and now his new role at Black Art In America. Faron talks about his plans for the foundation, new partnerships and programming on the horizon, and curating in the contemporary art market. We dive into the upcoming Fine Art Print Fair and his thoughts on the work of Richard Mayhew. More of that good art talk that you love right here on the Noize! Listen, subscribe, and share!

Episode 177 topics include:

being an informed collector and artist

working on the Black Art in America Foundation

working at the High Museum of Art

partnerships with the Future Foundation

real-life experience in institutions

curating Better Days: Joy and Revolution

thesis about Richard Mayhew

Fine Art Print Fair at BAIA Gallery

Faron Manuel is the Director of the Black Art In America (BAIA) Foundation. A 501c3 organization that provides funding and professional development opportunities for Black artists and arts professionals in Atlanta and beyond. Before joining the BAIA Foundation, Manuel oversaw two Mellon Foundation-funded curatorial fellowship grants at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta from 2016-2023. Before joining the High Museum, he was the Special Projects Curatorial Assistant to the Clark Atlanta University Art Museum Director. He also served as the Assistant Editor at Black Art In America from 2015-2016, where he regularly interviewed collectors and reported widely on contemporary art.

Manuel earned his B.A. in History from Clark Atlanta University in 2015, where he completed several museum fellowships. He has worked as an independent curator and art writer with notable collections and institutions over the years, doing much to expand the footprint of early-career artists. He was presented with the Hammonds House Honors Award for Curatorial Excellence in 2019 and recently served as a Resource Specialist for the Aspen Institute’s 2022 Fall Workshop Series on grant program development.

See more: BAIA Welcomes Faron Manuel As Director Of BAIA Foundation + Faron Manuel IG @faronmanuel

Presented by: Black Art In America

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