Kiara Cristina Ventura (born. 1996) is a Dominican-American Afro-Latina curator, writer, Teen Vogue Art School columnist, and owner of ARTSYWINDOW. Bronx native, Ventura curates spaces highlighting and documenting the works of young artists of color. Ventura’s love for art history began when she interned at The Metropolitan Museum of Art during high school. She then double majored in Art History & Journalism at NYU and graduated in May 2018. Noticing the lack of representation of artists of color in her art history classes and within the larger art world, she responded via writing, curating, and teaching mobile art history classes. She initiated herself as a curator with the exhibition, FOR US. Since early 2019, she has been working alongside curator Larry Ossei Mensah as a mentee, curatorial assistant, and co-curator.
With a love for contemporary art, art history, and spirituality, Ventura is continuing in breaking barriers by independently curating, writing, organizing public programs, and creating digital content. She has curated at The Museum of the African Diaspora San Francisco, The Bronx Art Space, Vis Arts Maryland, Penn State University, The Longwood Gallery at Hostos, The Andrew Freedman Home, and Reparations Club LA. Kiara serves on the advisory board for Bronx Art Space. Her writing has appeared in Art Forum, Performa Mag, Cultured Mag, Teen Vogue and more.
Most recently in August 2019, she started Teen Vogue’s first art column, Art School, highlighting the work of visual artists through intimate profiles about their experiences, career, and muses. Every month Ventura leads the discussion by centering artists of color and telling their stories through an informed gaze.
ARTSYWINDOW (est. 2015) is Ventura’s brainchild where she physically and virtually curates exhibitions, programs, and products for creatives and communities of color. Under her platform, she is teaching mobile & digital art history classes about contemporary artists of color. She has previously taught at the Miranda Kuo Gallery, the Gavin Brown Enterprise, VICE headquarters, various artist & collectors’ living rooms, Ed.Varie, 8Ball Collective Headquarters, and Ghetto Gastro. Her work has been written about in Art Forum and Art Net.
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