Molly Mac Named Galleries Curator and Instructor

Written by Karen L. Bystrom
December 8, 2017

Claire Garoutte, Chair of Seattle University’s Art and Art History Department, announced the appointment of Molly Mac as Galleries Curator and Instructor. Mac, a video installation artist, writer, and educator, is a former member of the curatorial team at The Alice, a collective, artist-run gallery in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood.

Curator Molly Mac in front of gallery windowMac is responsible for programming and managing Seattle University’s galleries, which include the Hedreen Gallery in the Lee Center for the Performing Arts, Vachon Gallery and Kinsey Gallery.

“The Art and Art History Department is happy to welcome our new Galleries Curator, Molly Mac,” said Garoutte. “Molly brings experience, innovation, leadership, and inclusivity to our galleries programs. We look forward to working with Molly and to sharing her curatorial inspirations for exhibitions and events with SU students, faculty and staff, and with Seattle’s vibrant arts community.”

Mac looks forward to her new role as Galleries Curator and Instructor at Seattle University. “Hedreen Gallery will continue a legacy of rigorous quarterly exhibitions and programming that puts local artists and writers in conversation with national and international artists,” says Mac.  “Vachon Gallery will host immersive multi-media installations, short-run experimental projects and student exhibitions. Kinsey Gallery will continue to host student, alumni and faculty exhibitions.”

Mac has plans to implement a rotating, curated artbook research station, quarterly performance series and a High Resolution Moving Image Artist Residency Program in 2018. She plans to build ongoing student leadership opportunities in the galleries and will renew and activate Seattle University Galleries’ long-standing commitments to local artists, experimentation, and creative research.  Mac’s hands-on, curatorial courses will contextualize and politicize the “practical” aspects of exhibition making, considering histories and practices of creating art and exhibitions in conversation with contemporary cultural organizing efforts, emerging fields of interdisciplinary creative research and the ongoing necessity for curatorial accountability and institutional transparency.

Seattle University’s Art & Art History Department offers an array of educational experiences for visual artists and art historians. The department features dynamic programs in art history, studio art, digital art and design, and photography. Coursework is taught by a talented and dedicated group of faculty who maintain an active exhibition and publication record with a national reputation. Students have opportunities to work with guest artists and visiting scholars as well as participate in a lively exhibition series in three on-campus galleries.

Seattle University’s College of Arts and Sciences is grateful to our generous benefactors whose dedication to the arts make this position possible.

Photo: Dan Paz

About Molly Mac

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.