Tassie, Whitney

Curator Whitney Tassie speaks about her transition from working in a commercial gallery to a university museum, including balancing local, national, and international voices in exhibitions and collections, the creative process of curating, and the importance of networks in finding new artists.

“That’s a challenge: navigating this need to speak to my local community and also maintain a national presence and a national voice… often, I have to speak differently to those two communities. I would say that my institution is more focused locally, but they brought me on to have that more national-speaking voice, and we view the institution sort of as a portal, bringing globally exhibiting artists to Utah and introducing Utah to them that way, through the museum.”

Whitney Tassie is the Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. She was the director of moniquemeloche in Chicago for nearly seven years, during which time she completed an M.A. in Modern Art History, Theory, and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2009). Previously, Tassie completed a B.A. in Art History and Archaeology at Cornell University (2004) and was an exhibitions assistant at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell.