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Courtney Brown

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MA Arts Politics Class of 2016

BFA Painting, University of Texas at Arlington

Courtney Brown is an artist, organizer, curator and non-profit administrator with a background in grant writing, proposal development, campaign strategy and donor relations.

Her performance work is grounded in ritual, autobiography, endurance and memory. She scores performative systems that allow for the exploration of time through embodied relationships focusing on the liminal space between art and the real. “I relearn where I came from. By doing it, it becomes not more and more, because it’s already there, but clearer and clearer.” - Hanne Darboven

Brown has performed at the 2015 Bronx Museum of Art as part of the ITINERANT Performance Art Festival and Art League Houston during the 2014 Houston International Performance Art Biennal. She has presented work in formal and alternative spaces throughout Texas including The Dallas Museum of Art, The Goss-Michael Foundation, 500X Gallery, Oliver Francis Gallery and Womanorial.com.

She is a co-founder PerformanceSW, an ongoing curatorial project with artist and educator Alison Starr. Since its’ inception, PerformanceSW has curated performance art exhibitions featuring more than 150 artists across multiple venues and digital platforms including Carlos Martiel’s “Ruin” at CentralTrak Artist Residency, Inside)(Outside which spanned five venues in Dallas and womanorial.com, and a month-long series entitled PSWxEdu at the Dallas Museum of Art. In 2013, Brown organized Tony Orrico’s first Texas exhibition at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary which showcased more than 40 hours of live performance and educational programming.

Brown received awards from The Fletcher Foundation, The Dallas Museum of Art’s Clare Hart DeGolyer Memorial Fund, and The James S. Barnett Jr. Charitable Foundation.

She holds a BFA in Painting from the University of Texas at Arlington.

What drew you to the MA Arts Politics program?

The Arts Politics program is a unique space for further development and decompartmentalizion of my practice as an artist, advocate and administrator. I believe that all art is inherently political. APP fosters an intensive research climate acting as a catalyst for real world intervention. The faculty and student body consistently represent a plurality of perspectives including local, national and international realities with deep reverence for history, memory and solidarity movements.