Stephanie Sherman is a curator, writer, and researcher who directs projects re-thinking public sites of everyday culture--transforming spaces of consumption into places for creative co-production. She designs collaborative systems and networks to compose a site-regenerative curatorial and historical research practice, working with organizers, artists, scholars, and everyday citizens on long-term projects, interactive public events, and poetic initiatives that cultivate social connection and communication through inquiry, intimacy and play.
In 2003, Sherman co-founded Elsewhere, a living museum, international residency program, and education laboratory set in a former thrift store in revitalizing downtown Greensboro, NC, Elsewhere brings the legacy of institutional critique and theories of object classification, collection, consumption and material culture to bear in a found space offering infinite opportunities for re-thinking the display, classification, and documentation of cultural artifacts through public, popular, and productive means. As co-curator of Kulturpark, Sherman mobilized a research investigation of an abandoned amusement park in eastern Berlin with Berlin-based and international artists and thinkers. Sherman recently served as the co-director of the research residency at Provisions Library, an art and social change library that partners artists with capital research resources. Sherman's projects have been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, Warhol Foundation, Art Matters Foundation, the Ackland Museum of Art, Headlands Center for the Arts, Philadelphia Museum of Art, amongst others. She has presented scholarly research at the USHMM, Cambridge University UK, and U Minnesota, and the UCSD Experiential Learning Conference (Jan 2014).
In her first year in UCSD's Art Practice phd program, Sherman is researching the intersections of stories, sites, and technologies. She is particularly interested in urban planning strategies and rhetorics that mobilize public imagination--past, present, and future. She is currently working as a curator for the 5x5 festival in Washington DC (Fall 2014), co-writing the Manual for Urban Projection as part of CUIR Projects with artist Ali Momeni, and collaborating with UCSD MFA students on curatorial stories and strategies for their exciting new work.