Faythe Levine, 2022
PO BOX 34, Mellenville, NY 12544
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Faythe Levine has been in service to the arts for over twenty years advocating for creativity to be used as a vehicle to build community, personal independence and empowerment. Motivated by reimagining archives and collections through a queer feminist lens, her creative labor intersects with curatorial projects, consulting, writing, documentary film, and happenings. Levine’s core belief is that visual culture is a conduit for radical change and generative dialog. Through her work she strives to perpetuate momentum towards a future that holds space for collaboration, transparency, accountability and complexity.
Levine has worked in both traditional and DIY spaces. She is currently the Exhibition's and Residency Manager at the Women's Studio Workshop in Rosendale, NY. In 2021, Levine left her position at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center as director of the Arts/Industry program (2017-2021) where she was responsible for the development and administration of the residency hosted at Kohler Co. and curating related exhibitions and projects at the Arts Center and Art Preserve in Sheboygan, WI.
Freelance curatorial projects include: Can't Take My Eyes Off You; Speedwell Contemporary, 2022; Ruffles, Repair & Ritual; at the Wedding Cake House with the support of the Warhol Foundation, 2019; For Hire: Contemporary Sign Painting in America, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 2017; and Counter Craft: Voices of the Indie Craft Community, Fuller Craft Museum, 2016. Levine also curated two non-traditional gallery spaces in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Sky High Gallery (2010-2014) and Paper Boat Gallery (2005-2009) that focused on collaborations with emerging artists from around the United States. She was also the founder and director of Milwaukee’s premier maker fair, Art vs. Craft (2004-2014) that drew thousands of visitors annually.
Her projects, Sign Painters (2013) and Handmade Nation: The Rise of DIY Art, Craft and Design (2009), both feature length documentaries with accompanying books published by Princeton Architectural Press, have toured extensively. Some highlight include programing the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Brooklyn Museum, Museum of Arts and Design, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Levine relocated to the Hudson Valley, NY in 2020 where she currently lives on a dead-end street with no mail delivery or garbage service next to a beautiful cemetery and creek.
Activation Residency is a Black trans led artist residency aiming to generate safer and more collaborative space, adapt to its residents’ needs, and create portals to futures needed now.