Alaina Claire Feldman Joins Baruch College as Director of the Sidney Mishkin Gallery

Feldman will work to ensure that the gallery remains a valuable asset to the College, and the wider New York City community, for years to come


Dr. Aldermaro Romero, Jr., Dean of the Mildred and George Weissman School of Arts and Sciences, announced the appointment of Alaina Claire Feldman as the new Director of the Sidney Mishkin Gallery.

Located on 135 East 22nd Street and open to the public, the Sidney Mishkin Gallery has offered small, museum-quality shows for more than 25 years. Every year, the gallery mounts five shows, emphasizing scholarly, multicultural, single-artist, and group shows, as well as exhibitions out of the American mainstream. The permanent collection consists of over 300 artworks, featuring paintings, sculpture, prints, and photographs. It also hosts special class sessions, making it a valuable resource for the College’s efforts to encourage interdisciplinary education. Gallery talks and symposia are frequently offered to the college community and to the public.

Mishkin Gallery: A Valuable Asset to Baruch and New York City

As director, Alaina Claire Feldman will establish the artistic policy of the gallery and oversee day-to-day operations for both the permanent collection and visiting shows. Her duties include promoting the gallery to the College as an educational tool, attracting sources of funding, and fostering relationships with artists, critics, and the wider community.

Feldman’s work towards these goals will ensure that the Sidney Mishkin Gallery remains a valuable asset to the College, and as an arts and cultural resource to New York City residents and visitors, for years to come.

“This is an important and exciting time for universities to strengthen their communities and curriculum through diverse cultural platforms in which the art of our time can be exhibited and discussed,” Feldman said. “I’m very much looking forward to developing creative new programs, partnerships, and audiences that will extend Baruch beyond its campus as a unique place for artist-centric and interdisciplinary education.”

Arts Experience from Around the World

Prior to her appointment as Director of the Mishkin Gallery, Feldman served as Director of Exhibitions at the arts non-profit Independent Curators International (ICI). During her time at ICI, she produced and managed 20 traveling exhibitions with guest curators from around the world, and expanded the organization’s international programming three-fold, establishing lasting partnerships with art spaces in Southeast Asia, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe, and the Midwestern United States. Most recently, she curated the exhibition The Ocean After Nature, which traveled to various art institutions in numerous countries. She also co-curated the traveling exhibition Publishing Against the Grain, which continues to tour internationally.

Feldman also served as the editor of the exhibition catalogue for The Ocean After Nature, as well as the managing editor for ICI’s Sourcebook Series, which includes publications edited by world-renowned artists. Her projects have included the long-term support of artists and curators, as well as the promotion of artistic traditions outside of the Western canon.

Beyond her work at ICI, Feldman has curated numerous exhibitions while lecturing and teaching at the University of Porto, The School of Visual Arts, New York University, The Center for Feminist Pedagogy, and museums around the world. In 2017, she was the Annual Beckwith Lecturer at The School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston/Tufts. She has previously held positions at the French contemporary art journal May Revue and at the gallery Reena Spaulings Fine Art.

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