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Katie Waddell

Katie Waddell is an independent curator, writer, critic, and cultural producer based in Chicago. Her research and various projects focus on the phenomenon of the encounter as the center from which the intimate, the curious, and the experiential unfold. Her work skews toward interdisciplinarity, with contemporary art and social practice as the primary point of departure. Waddell received a B.A. in English Literature and Studio Art from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and an M.A. in Modern Art History, Theory and Criticism, and Arts Administration and Policy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is the founder and director of 2nd Floor Rear, an annual festival of art in alternative spaces and experimental contexts in Chicago.