BILL KELLEY, JR. Bill Kelley, Jr. in Medellin

Lead Researcher and Curator

Otis College of Art and Design, Talking to Action: Art, Pedagogy, and Activism in the Americas

Bill Kelley, Jr. is an educator, independent curator and theorist based in Los Angeles. He graduated with a Master’s in 19th Century Colonial Art Studies from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque (UNM) in 2001. His current research focuses on collaborative and collective art practices in the Americas. His research projects include the exhibition ¿Por qué no te callas? Arte, activismo y medios de comunicación, Arte Actual, FLACSO, Quito (2008)  together with a month-long public workshop named Laboratorio de Arte y Espacio Social (LAES), sponsored by the Museo del Banco Central del Ecuador. In 2009 he organized the collective research project Proyecto Cívico: Diálogos e Interrogantes for the Centro Cultural Tijuana, Mexico. Bill was the co-curator of the 2011 Encuentro Internacional de Medellín (MDE11: Museo de Antioquia, Medellín, Colombia, 2011). He was most recently the 18th Street Curator in Residence for 2012-2013. Bill is the former Director and current Editorial Adviser of the online bilingual journal and currently teaches at Otis College’s Graduate Public Practice MFA program. He is currently completing his Ph.D. in Contemporary Art, Theory and Criticism at the University of California at San Diego (UCSD), and is co-editing an anthology with Grant Kester of collaborative and dialogical art practices in the Americas entitled: Collective Situations: Readings in Contemporary Latin American Art 1995-2010 (Duke University Press, forthcoming). He is currently the Lead Researcher and Curator of Talking to Action, Otis College of Art’s contribution to the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA (2017).


Consulting Curator

Otis College of Art and Design, Talking to Action: Art, Pedagogy, and Activism in the Americas

Karen Moss is an art historian, curator and educator who has worked in museums and academic positions since 1980. She has been Senior Faculty in the Graduate Public Practice Program at the Otis College of Art and Design since 2008. Previously, Moss was Curator and Deputy Director of Exhibitions and Programs at Orange County Museum of Art where she co-curated State of Mind: New Art from California Circa 1970 for the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time initiative in 2011. Some of her other OCMA exhibitions are: Illumination: The Paintings of Georgia O’Keeffe, Agnes Pelton, Agnes Martin and Florence Pierce; Disorderly Conduct: Recent Art in Tumultuous Times and Art Since the 1960s: California Experiments.  Moss co-curated the 2006 California Biennial and organized artists’ residencies and performances for the 2006, 2008 and 2010 biennials. Prior to OCMA, Moss was Director of Exhibitions and Public Programs at SF Francisco Art Institute where she curated exhibitions including Topographies, The World on Its Head: Contemporary Art from Belgium, James Siena, and Two Artists in 3 Takes: Sharon Lockhart and Kelly Nipper. While at SFAI she also organized artist residency projects with Ghada Amer, Tania Bruguera, Lee Bul, Wim Delvoye, Pierre Huyghe/Philppe Parenno, Los Carpinteros and Rikrit Tiranvanija. Moss has also held curatorial positions at Walker Art Center, Santa Monica Museum of Art and MOCA. She received her MA in art history at USC where she is completing her Ph.D. and has taught art history, critical theory and curatorial studies at Cal State University, Long Beach and University of Southern California. Moss has authored numerous museum exhibition catalogues, written guest essays for arts publications, and contributed to scholarly journals.

REBECCA ZAMORARebecca Zamora Photo 3

Researcher and Project Specialist

Otis College of Art and Design, Talking to Action: Art, Pedagogy, and Activism in the Americas

Rebecca Zamora graduated with a Master’s Degree in Latin American Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles. She has interned at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. Prior to her arrival at Otis College of Art and Design, she held positions at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Getty Research Institute. She has worked on and contributed to two exhibition catalogues, the Color of Life (J. Paul Getty Museum, 2008) and Farewell to Surrealism: The Dyn Circle in Mexico (Getty Research Institute, 2012). Expanding upon her Master’s thesis, she recently published “Preserving a Legacy: Shifra Goldman and David Alfaro Siqueiros’s América Tropical,” Getty Research Journal no. 6 (2014) and “Seeds Planted: Siqueiros’s Intellectual Networks in Los Angeles” in Redes Intelectuales: Arte y Política en América Latina (Bogotá: Uniandes, forthcoming). Recently, she was a research associate in the Scholars Program at the Getty Research Institute.