Alex Priest (he, him, his) is a curator and writer holding degrees in Landscape Architecture and Design Studies from Iowa State University and is based in Chicago. He works as the Assistant Curator at the Chicago Architecture Biennial. He was formerly the Public Engagement and Curatorial Manager at el dorado inc, the Exhibitions Manager and Curator of Public Programs at Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, and the Volunteer Curator at the Omaha Public Library. His current research archives the intersection of gender, athletics, and the built environment.

EDUCATION

2011
IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY
Bachelor of Landscape Architecture + Design Studies: cum laude
Alumni Award: 2015 STATEment Maker
2010
UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM
International Student Exchange: Amsterdam, Netherlands
2008
IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY
Architecture Department: International Study – Czech Republic
The Cities of the Czech Republic, Kimberly Zaracor Ph.D

CURATOR

2018
CHICAGO ARCHITECTURE BIENNIAL
Assistant Curator of Programs and the Publication
With Yesomi Umolu, Sepake Angiama, Paulo Tavares

EL DORADO INC
Curating the Public Realm November 2017–August 2018
With Hesse McGraw

2017
BEMIS CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ARTS
Bemis Benefit Art Auction – October 27
Cassils: Monument Push – April 29 – WORLD PREMIERE
Cassils: Phantom Revenant – February 2–April 29

OMAHA PUBLIC LIBRARY, MICHAEL PHIPPS GALLERY
Alex Jochim + Kristin Pluhacek + Sarah Jones: Screen Shot – September 01–October 28
Derek Courtney: Folklore of Labor – July 07–August 26
Sarah Kolar + Brian Wetjen: Interwoven – May 05–June 30
Angie Seykora + Dan Crane: All is Vanity – March 03–April 29
Victoria Hoyt: Twenty-Six Forms Relating – January 6–February 26

2016
BEMIS CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ARTS
Nebraska Rising – June 16–September 17
Bemis Benefit Art Auction – October 28

OMAHA PUBLIC LIBRARY, MICHAEL PHIPPS GALLERY
Camille Hawbaker: Memoir– November 4–December 31
Travis Apel + Launa Bacon + Reagan Pufall: Science Future – September 09–October 30
Katie Temple: Sense of Home – July 01–August 28
Kim Darling: Self-Governance – May 06–June 06
Jave Yoshimoto: The Fractured World – March 04–April 28
Stuart Chittenden: 830 Nebraska – January 08–February 28

NEBRASKA ARTS COUNCIL, FRED SIMON GALLERY
Comedy for All, Tragedy for None – September 02–October 28

INVISIBLE EXPORTS, NEW YORK
Awkward Silence: An Instagram Exhibition – August 27

PROJECT PROJECT
Open Gym – October 14–November 04

2015
BEMIS CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ARTS
A Call to Respond – April 17–September 19
Sarah Rowe: Vertical Disintegration – July 10–August 8

OMAHA PUBLIC LIBRARY, MICHAEL PHIPPS GALLERY
Public Public – November 06–December 27
Gabi Quiroz – September 11–October 31
Teal Gardner: A BABY IS BORN – July 09–August 29
Carlee Pakes: Animal Entities – May 08–June 28
Mary Jo Wentz: Artist as Chemist – March 07–April 25
Alicia Armentrout: Motivating to Grandeur – January 09–February 27

SWEATSHOP GALLERY
deviance teaches; charm will make you sick – March 06–April 27

2015 YP SUMMIT: OMAHA
Boiling Water – March 05

2014
GALLERY 72
Prospect – September 12–October 03

OMAHA PUBLIC LIBRARY,  MICHAEL PHIPPS GALLERY
2014 Survey: Omaha Artists – November 07–December 31
Laura Carlson: Social Studies – July 01–30
Curtis Cates: Coloring Book – June 13–30
Riccardo Marchio + Thomas Rossi: Fractals – May 01–31
Angela Pickman: Natures Silhouette – April 05–27
Heather Johanson: Seeking Wilderness – March 09–29
Great Plains Black History Museum: Past Present, Future – January 03–31

2013
CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY,  MARXHAUSEN GALLERY OF ART
What the Void can Hold – November 03–December 21

OMAHA PUBLIC LIBRARY,  MICHAEL PHIPPS GALLERY
Monday Morning Paintings – December 02–31

EXHIBITIONS MANAGER

January 2014–December 2017
BEMIS CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ARTS
Monarchs: Brown and Native Contemporary Artists in the Path of the Butterfly — Curated by Risa Puleo
David Brooks: Continuous Service Altered Daily
Chimeras
– Curated by Risa Puleo
Paula Wilson: The Backward Glance
Time + Space: Futures

Derrick Adams: Crossroad: A Social Sculpture
Benjamin Tiven: Everyday Static Transmissions
Time + Space: Beginnings
Bemis Benefit Art Auction 2015

Fallen Fruit: Power of People, Power of Place
#BemisPainter, 1982–2015
Brandon Ballengée: Collapse
Leila Nadir + Cary Peppermint: OS Fermentation
Riitta Ikonen: Portrait of the artist as a young leaf
Emilie Baltz: FOOD THEATER

EXHIBITION ASSISTANT

August 2011–January 2014
BEMIS CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ARTS
Select Exhibitions + Public Programs
Emilie Baltz: Circuit of the Senses
Janette Beckman: Rebel Culture
Cey Adams: Love Mural
Chloë Bass + Teal Gardner: Urban Design Lab
Mary Mattingly: Flock House Project Omaha
Mitchell Squire: We’re gonna have to do more than talk
Lossy
Mel Ziegler: An American Conversation
Jarrod Beck: Strike Slip
Theaster Gates: Carver Bank
Nate Boyce: Plinth Inhibitor
Michael Jones Mckean: The Rainbow
Leslie Shows
Placemakers

ARTS + ARCHITECTURE WRITER

October 2016–December 2017
OMAHA MAGAZINE
Print Article: Wigert Residence
Print Article: Neil Astle
Print Article: Two Homes, One Architect
Print Article: Kylie Von Seggern
Print Article: Omaha Public Library
Print Article: Andrew Conzett
Print Article: Emily Andersen & Geoff DeOld
Print Article: Kim Darling

December 2014–December 2017
THE READER
Online Review: Flood Surge
Online Review: Depressed to Impress
Print Essay: Curating the City
Online Review: Larry Roots
Print Essay: Hidden in Plain Sight
Online Review: Jar Schepers: Repetition
Print Essay: Brutal, architecture
Online Review: Frauke Bergemann: landscape at a distance, quite close
Print Review: Paolo Dolzan: mind escape
Online Review: Pop meets Street
Online Review: AniMutts: Art in Motion
Online Review: James Bockelman: These Referents Register
Online Review: Nolan Treadway: Schiamachy
Online Review: Angie Seykora: Working Materials

November 2015–December 2018
ART FILES OF THE FLATLANDERS
Translated Conversation: Space of Thoughts II
Online Interview: Big Time
Online Essay: Ode to the Library

INTERIM DESIGN COORDINATOR

December 2012–August 2013
BEMIS CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ARTS

JUROR

H+R BLOCK ARTSPACE
2018 Flat File Show
UNION FOR CONTEMPORARY ART
2018 Fellows
ACRE ARTIST RESIDENCY
2017 Open Call
APEX ART
2013 Unsolicited Proposal Program
BEMIS CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ARTS
Summer 2013 Fabrication Competition, organized by Stephanie Syjuco
IOWA WESTERN COMMUNITY COLLEGE
9th Annual Juried High School Art Competition

DESIGN CONSULTANT

SAN FRANCISCO ART INSTITUTE – WALTER AND MCBEAN GALLERIES
Wrong’s What I Do Best
Francis Cape: Utopian Benches
The Energy That is All Around

JOHNSON COUNTY, KANSAS
2014 Public Art Master Plan
IOWA LIVING ROADWAYS
2011 Community Visioning

GUEST CRITIC

IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY
Landscape Architecture
Architecture
Design Foundation
UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA – OMAHA
Drawing
UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA – LINCOLN
Architecture