Chief Curator, Savannah College of Art and Design
Isolde Brielmaier is chief curator of exhibitions at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) where she oversees the curatorial staff that organizes exhibitions at the SCAD Museum of Art, and SCAD galleries in Savannah and Atlanta, Georgia, Lacoste, France, and Hong Kong.
Since 2005 Brielmaier has curated exhibitions with noted international artists such as Kader Attia, William Cordova, Sam Durant, Dario Escobar, Lalla Essaydi, Ellen Gallagher, Patrick Hamilton, Bharti Kher, Richard Mosse, Wangechi Mutu, Ivan Navarro, Carrie Mae Weems, Fred Wilson, Malick Sidibe, and Mickalene Thomas. In 2011, she curated Stargazers: Elizabeth Catlett in Conversation with 21 Contemporary Artists. Her other exhibitions include, Signs Taken for Wonders, 2009; Shinique Smith: Torch Songs, 2008; and Titus Kaphar: Painting Undone, held at SCAD's own Red Gallery (now Gutstein Gallery) in 2008.
Brielmaier has authored many essays, reviews, and books, including most recently Stargazers (2011); Jose Parla: Painting and Performing the Past and the Present (2011); Zwelethu Mthethwa (2010); and Wangechi Mutu: A Shady Promise (2008).
Brielmaier also developed contemporary art programs and special events for ARCO Contemporary Art Fair in Madrid, Art Chicago, The Armory Show/Volta NY, Krug Champagne, and the fashion house Versace. Prior to joining SCAD, she was an independent curator and writer and served as visiting assistant professor and guest professor at New York University and Columbia University/Barnard College respectively. She has held positions at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City and is the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships from institutions including the Ford Foundation, Social Science Research Council, and the Mellon Foundation. She holds a PhD from Columbia University.