Biography

Adjunct Professor Astria Suparak is an independent curator and artist based in Oakland, California. Her cross-disciplinary projects often address urgent political issues and have been widely acclaimed for their high-level concepts made accessible through a popular culture lens.

She has curated exhibitions, screenings, performances, discussions, and other events for art institutions and festivals across ten countries, including The Liverpool Biennial, MoMA PS1, Museo Rufino Tamayo, Wexner Center for the Arts, The Kitchen, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and Expo Chicago. Her current research interests include linguistics, diasporas, and sci-fi.

Professor Suparak previously served as director and curator of Carnegie Mellon University’s Miller Gallery; The Warehouse, Syracuse University‘s first contemporary art gallery; and the Pratt Institute Film Series. Beyond a robust curatorial practice, she’s worked in every aspect of arts administration from fundraising to marketing to management. Suparak has taught in the Fine Arts and Curatorial Practice graduate programs at the California College of the Arts, and the Museum Studies Program at University of San Francisco. She studied studio art and art history at Pratt Institute.

Education
Pratt Institute