Molly Mac, MFA
MFA, Combined Media
Building/Room: Rianna 104
After 12 years working as a video installation artist, writer, and educator, Molly Mac began formally curating exhibitions in early 2016 as a member of the curatorial team at The Alice, a collective, artist-run gallery in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood. Since 2016 Mac has worked with artists, curators and organizers locally, nationally and internationally, to collaboratively curate and produce ambitious experimental exhibitions. Notable projects include an exhibition and event series exploring the limits of visual arts and poetry, / what are we but lying single surface /, co-curated with Natalie Ann Martínez at The Alice, Rot: Compost vs Surgery, a video and sound screening co-curated with S. Surface at the Seattle Art Museum and LISTEN: It's a Sound Show, a one-night-only exhibition of sound-based artworks co-curated with Emily Pothast at Equinox Studios, which included works by 21 artists and collectives and foregrounded the act of listening as an embodied, politicized experience. In addition to working in a leadership role, Mac regularly works behind-the-scenes with Seattle artists and curators to support multimedia exhibition production and to provide creative technical support for video and sound installations.
Mac is also a member of If You Don’t They Will, a Seattle-based cultural organizing collaboration that provides concrete and creative resources for countering white nationalism through a cultural lens. no. NOT EVER, If You Don’t They Will’s participatory, multi-media exhibition documenting rural and suburban resistance to white nationalism in the Pacific Northwest during the 1980s and 1990s, debuted at the Henry Art Gallery on the occasion of the Labor and Working Class History Association Annual Conference at University of Washington in summer 2017. In 2018 no. NOT EVER will travel to Interference Archive in Brooklyn, and pop-up versions of the archive will take place in rural and suburban communities throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Mac has taught video and media art production courses and workshops for youth and adults at University of Washington, The Henry Art Gallery, Seattle International Film Festival, Reel Grrls and Photographic Center Northwest. She holds a BFA in Printmaking from University of Washington, an MFA in Combined Media Art from Hunter College in NYC and completed two years of postgraduate study at The Center for Digital Art and Experimental Media at the University of Washington.