Rachel Vera Steinberg
Guest Writer, Cultbytes. Rachel Vera Steinberg is the Curator and Director of Exhibitions at Smack Mellon. Her work focuses on science fiction, cultural distinctions between facts and fictions, as well as the roles of time-based media, alternative art spaces, and artistic agency. She was the 2019-2020 fellow at the Curatorial & Research Residency Program at the Julia Stoschek Collection in Düsseldorf, Germany, where she curated the exhibition JSC ON VIEW: MYTHOLOGISTS (2021). She was the Director of SOHO20 Artists Inc from 2015-2018 and the Assistant Director of NURTUREart Non-Profit Inc from 2010-2015, where she founded exhibition and event-based programs promoting time-based media and gender equity. She was the co-founder of Custom Program (2017-2019), a micro-gallery in Brooklyn that focused on humor, irreverence, and site-specificity. As an independent curator, she has curated exhibitions locally and internationally and spoken at universities throughout the United States. She received her MA at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, and her BFA from Pratt Institute.