Anna Van Lenten
ANNA VAN LENTEN
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PRODUCTION & CURATORIAL EXPERIENCE
LIGHTFIELD ARTS, HUDSON, NY. | ------------
FOUNDER & DIRECTOR | 2016 - present
> Launched, and now produce, an annual multi-artist exhibit of documentary and fine art photography by award-winning, innovative artists. Increased foot traffic in exhibit venue by 60%. Produced, curated, designed, and drew audiences for, topical exhibits and artist talks.
> Landed funding sources and sponsors for exhibit, programming, and teen photo workshop.
> Built community engagement by creating a 3-day photo workshop for teens from underserved areas.
VORNADO REALTY TRUST, NY, NY
CURATOR & PRODUCER | February 2019 - October 2019
> Produced a fine art photography exhibit by an award-winning, innovative artist for the lobby of a commercial building in Chelsea owned by Vornado.
> Promoted opening night event and discussion via email newsletter and social media.
> Lead artist / audience discussion.
THE HALF KING PHOTOGRAPHY SERIES, NY, NY | ------------
CURATOR & PRODUCER | 2010 - 2019
> Tripled audience size for exhibit openings to 60+ people, and built an enthusiastic following for documentary and fine art photo and video exhibits. Added video, screenings, and photo book launches to programming. Expanded exhibitor pool to 50% women, and to include people of color.
> Hosted and moderated dynamic, interactive talks between artists and audiences at opening events.
BE VOCAL: SPEAK UP FOR MENTAL HEALTH TRAVELING EXHIBIT
PRODUCER & DESIGNER | 2017 – 2018
> For Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, designed and produced transportable exhibit that delivered high-impact text and visuals of people with mental health challenges. Designed and produced modular displays for photography, video, and text, tailored to different venues.
SURVEILLANCE01 AND SURVEILLANCE02 PHOTO SERIES, NY & DUBAI
CREATOR & PRODUCER | 2013 – 2014
> Conceived of, and orchestrated, the first comprehensive photo / multimedia exhibits and talks on the subject of surveillance after the Snowden leaks.
> Brought in leading artists and site-specific projects; promoted, produced, and hosted animated panel discussions.
VARIOUS PHOTO PROJECTS, NY, NY
AUCTION MANAGER, PHOTO RESEARCHER, AGENCY ASSOCIATE, STUDIO MANAGER | 2002 – 2014
> For Reporters Instructed in Saving Colleagues, raised funds to support one full RISC training class; sourced and secured 46 documentary and fine art images; designed live benefit event; liaised with Paddle8 for online and live auctions.
> Lawrence in Arabia by Scott Anderson, published by Penguin Random House: Created three, eclectic 8-page photo inserts based on extensive research at major US and British universities, libraries, archives, museums, stock agencies.
> Rapport Press agency: Edited photo sets for publication; pitched stories resulting in high-profile editorial placements.
> Carolina Salguero, award-winning photojournalist: Provided comprehensive studio support and administrative services.
WRITING & EDITING EXPERIENCE
VARIOUS EDITORIAL, PUBLISHING, AND PRODUCTION PROJECTS, NY, NY
WRITER, EDITOR, RESEARCHER, PRODUCTION EDITOR | 1993 – present
> Perform timely creative writing, reporting, interviewing, editing, copyediting, fact checking, website design and maintenance. Client list includes numerous print and digital publishers.
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PROJECT MANAGER | 2003 – 2008
> Transitioned 10,000+ users through two separate re-designs and upgrades of ------------’s intricate web site templates.
> Managed two site redesigns: created rollout plans; liaised with directors, coders, designers; led tutorials; assessed feedback and trouble-shot errors for back-end code; wrote user manuals.
The New School, NY, NY. MFA in Creative Writing | 2016 – 2018 Hunter College, NY, NY. BA, Creative Writing | 1994 – 1996 John Cabot College, Rome, Italy | 1988 – 1989
Barnard College, NY, NY | 1987-1988
Produce and curate photography and video festivals, exhibits, talks; manage and schedule complex projects; technical writing; text editing and copyediting; fact checking; web site design and maintenance; social media, email and newsletter promotion; organize and moderate talks and events; reporting; interviewing; photography; photo research; working Italian.
Mailchimp, Google Drive, Google Docs, Mac OS, content management systems, Microsoft Office, Wix and Squarespace for building web sites, Adobe Bridge, Photoshop, Illustrator, Photo Mechanic, Keynote, social media platforms.
curator, producer, project manager, fine art, documentary photography, exhibit, environment