Rachel Nelson, PhD, is director of UC Santa Cruz Institute of the Arts and Sciences (IAS), and teaches in the History of Art and Visual Culture department. During her tenure at the IAS, Nelson has curated and organized exhibitions with artists including Carlos Motta, Futurefarmers, Ursula Biemann and Paulo Tavares, Angela Melitopoulos and Angela Anderson, Harrell Fletcher, Newton Harrison and Helen Mayer Harrison, and Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller. She has collaborated on exhibitions and programming with institutions including SFMOMA; San José Museum of Art; San José Institute of Contemporary Art; and Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco. Nelson has published on contemporary art widely including book chapters, exhibition catalogue essays, journal articles, and reviews, including in Brooklyn Rail. NKA, Third Text, Savvy, and African Arts.
Ph.D., Director, Institute of the Arts and Sciences