Robin Held

Creative Strategist

Executive Leader

Cultural Entreprenuer

RESUME

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"[Held] was a potion that awakened the sleeping Frye.

Led by her fresh ideas about the art, history, and architecture of the First Hill museum

—and with the support of two successive directors and a courageous board of trustees—

Held turned the Frye into a thrill.

She understood showmanship without sacrificing seriousness, and she valued relationships. Even through the economic crash, the Frye has felt alive."

 

Jen Graves, Art Critic, The Stranger, 2012

BIO

 

Robin Held is a creative strategist, executive leader, and cultural entrepreneur.

 

Held has a demonstrated record of success, strategic change, and value creation in not-for-profit arts and media education, museums, and the private sector. At the core of her accomplishments -  built into her DNA - is the joy of deep engagement with artists.

 

As curator of more than 100 exhibitions and performances, producing partner, advisor to funders, grant writer, and executive, she has worked directly with artists to realize ambitious work in a wide range of media, from traditional to experimental, including painting, sculpture, film, video, performance, sound art, robotics, artificial intelligence, and digital media.

 

Most recently, she has become a consultant to a select number of artists and organizations, whose innovation, entrepreneurship, and potential positive impact on society are too big to fit easily or well in separable categories of art, science, or new technology. From this vantage she guides creators to new resources, expertise and investment.

 

Held has strong international networks and deep experience at the forefront of public institutions, working with artists, staff, faculty, trustees, students and community stakeholders. She has led focused teams, who together have successfully transformed organizational culture

and infrastructure.

 

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.

 

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 a B.F.A., Painting, Sculpture, Graphic Arts, University of California at Los Angeles; Ph.D., ABD, in Art History, University of Washington; and a certificate of completion, Columbia University School of Business Executive Education Program.

WORKS

PRESS

CONTACT

robinnorobin (at) gmail (dot) com

ARTISTS

Some of the artists with which Robin has worked:

HALIL ALTINDERE

RAUL ORTEGA AYALA

SARAH BERGMANN/

POLLINATOR PATHWAY

SHAWN BRIXEY

TRISHA BROWN

CENTER FOR LAND USE INTERPRETATION

WILLIE COLE

CLAIRE COWIE

CRITICAL ART ENSEMBLE

DIAS & REIDWIG

DEGENERATE ART ENSEMBLE

WYNNE GREENWOOD

VICTORIA HAVEN

 

 

PAUL PFEIFFER

PHANTOM EMPIRE

PATRICIA PICCININI

ADRIAN PIPER

JANOS REVESZ AND

NORBERT SZIRMAI

DARIO ROBLETO

SALON DE FLEURUS

SIGRID SANDSTRÖM

ELLIOTT SHARP

ANNA TELCS

TRIMPIN

PAUL VANOUSE

ERWIN WURM

 

 

“Robin Held and Reel Grrls” Marcie Sillman, KUOW / NPR (Interview starts 34:50)

“A New and Necessary Normal” Robin Held, City Arts

“Robin Held is Leaving the Frye.” Jen Graves, The Stranger

“Robin Held.” Chase Jarvis, Seattle 100: Portrait of a City

“Robin Held, Frye Art Museum.” Le 21ème Arrondisement

“Make It Strange” Jen Graves, The Stranger

“Genetics Breeds Strange New Art,” Steven Henry Madoff, New York Times

OLIVER HERRING

LYNN HERSHMANN LEESON

IMPLIED VIOLENCE/ST. GENET

IRWIN

ELIZABETH JAMESON

EDUARDO KAC

DAVID C. KANE

MEIRO KOIZUMI

SUSIE J. LEE

IÑIGO MANGLANO-OVALLE

MARK MITCHELL

NEUE SLOWENISCHE KUNST

ROBYN O’NEIL

TONY OURSLER

JOSEPH PARK