Teréz Iacovino (she/her/hers) is a visual artist and curator based in Minneapolis. Her interdisciplinary works have been exhibited nationally and internationally at Minneapolis Institute of Art (MN); Blue House Gallery and Studios (Dayton, OH); Kulturpark (Berlin, Germany); The Soap Factory (Minneapolis, MN); Future Tenant (Pittsburg, PA); Irvine Fine Arts Center, (Irvine, CA); Everson Museum of Art (Syracuse, NY). She is co-founder of the collaborative trio, Crescent Collective, whose work investigates the ways in which humans interact with plants, technology, and environment. She has been awarded a Jerome Planning Grant from Forecast Public Art, a Joy of Giving Something Award from Imagining America, and an Institute on the Environment Mini Grant from the University of Minnesota. She currently holds the position of Assistant Curator at the University of Minnesota's Katherine E. Nash Gallery.
Finding my curatorial voice has been a transformative and humbling process that is constantly shaped by the artists I work with, the spaces and institutions I work within, and my own experience as a practicing visual artist. This dual perspective both as a practitioner and curator has made it my mission to cultivate empathy for, give voice to, and build platforms with artists. My role as a curator is to be an advocate for the work, rather than an authority on the work.
My rejection of the curator as authoritarian underlines the importance of recognizing and questioning my own power in shaping the work, the space and the narrative that viewers take to heart. By harnessing this power and understanding , I work towards making space for underrepresented artists to engage in a collaborative process rooted in trust, communication, and learning.
I feel the most challenging work engages with the intersection of past and present, personal and political. This has led me to seek out artists, often working in multimodal ways, whose work engages with time, history, and place.