Personal Statement

Cortney Lederer is an art consultant and independent curator with sixteen years of experience managing an array of artistic programming for organizations and businesses. From 2011–14 she served as the Director of Exhibitions and Residencies at the Chicago Artists Coalition (CAC), where she designed and managed its two residency programs: BOLT Residency and HATCH Projects. While at CAC, Cortney curated and managed special projects for businesses such as tech incubator 1871, Patron Tequila, TOMS Shoes, Groupon and Taste of Chicago (DCASE). She has curated and produced hundreds of solo and group exhibitions during her tenure at CAC. As a result of her efforts, her programs were cited as producing some of the most promising emerging practitioners in Chicago in the Chicago Tribune (2011) and voted "Best opportunity for emerging artists" by New City's Best of Chicago (2013). As of June 2014, Cortney launched CNL Art Consulting, which provides project-based consulting to organizations with a specialization in curating, project management, program design and development. CNL Art Consulting has worked with notable organizations such as 3Arts, Chicago Artists Coalition, Fashion Outlets of Chicago, Hyatt Hotels Corporation, International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art (EXPO Chicago) Lillstreet Art Center, LinkedIn and Wilson Sporting Goods. In addition, Cortney works closely with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) where she has curated her third Masters of Fine Arts exhibition featuring artists working across multiple mediums. She also teaches two graduate-level courses in the Arts Administration and Policy department and provides professional development workshops to artists. Ms. Lederer received her BA in Sociology from George Washington University (1999), a BFA from the University of Victoria (2002), and a dual Masters degree in Modern Art History, Theory and Criticism and Arts Administration and Policy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2009).


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