Sarah Fritchey is an independent Curator and Writer who works at the intersections of art, justice, civic engagement, memory and belonging. Her projects seek to bring different forms of exhibition making into a shared space, and link object study to storytelling, local history, site, and direct action. Driven by the philosophy that"one place understood helps us understand all places better,"she grounds her practice in acts of gathering, learning and reciprocal exchange.
Approaching each project with an anti-racist anti-bias framework, Fritchey challenges white supremacy culture when it shows up in exhibition-making, scholarship, and the workplace. She centers her own identities in the work she does, and is currently researching the invention of whiteness, and modes of assimilating into whiteness, as overlooked starting points for conversations around racial justice and social equity.
Fritchey served as the Curator and Gallery Director at Artspace New Haven from 2014 to 2020, organizing group exhibitions, experimental solo projects, and public programs that mobilized partnerships between long term and transient residents, local organizations, and major institutions. Each year, she envisioned and co-produced the Summer Apprenticeship Program (SAP) for high school students, New Haven's City-Wide Open Studios festival, and Artspace's year-long Artist-in-Residence program.
Fritchey has curated exhibitions in museums, galleries and art non-profits around the country, including the African American Museum in Philadelphia, the Hessel Museum of Art in Hudson, NY, Sideshow Gallery in NYC, Fine Arts Gallery at York College in NYC, NYPOP Gallery in NYC, Real Art Ways in Hartford, CT, and Franklin Street Works in Stamford, CT. She has juried regional exhibitions at the New Britain Museum of American Art, and the Art and Culture Center in Hollywood, FL, and has contributed writing to Artforum.com, Hyperallergic, Art New England Magazine, Big, Red & Shiny, Artscope Magazine, and the Hartford Courant.
She serves as an advisor to the Elm City Innovation Team’s Could Be Fund, Nasty Women Connecticut, and the CT Artist Collection within the Department of Economic & Community Development for the State of Connecticut. She holds an M.A. in Curatorial Studies from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard, a B.A. in Comparative Literature and Studio Practice from Hamilton College, and is an alum of No Longer Empty's Curatorial Lab.
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