Faythe Levine, 2022
PO BOX 34, Mellenville, NY 12544
Last updated: November, 2023
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 community events. Her core belief is that visual culture is a conduit for radical change and generative dialog. Through her work, she strives to perpetuate momentum toward a future that holds space for collaboration, transparency, and complexity.
Levine is the Hauser & Wirth Institute Archivist for Women's Studio Workshop in Rosendale, NY, where she manages, oversees, and increases public visibility of the archives and special collections. Her position focuses on WSW’s work as a hub for radical thought, for modeling economic viability for print and book culture and story-telling, and for technical exploration in multiple mediums.
Her new book, As Ever, is slated for release with OK Stamp Press in spring 2024. It captures elements of many years of research around the lives of Charlotte Partridge and Miriam Frink. A related exhibition will open at the Lynden Sculpture Garden in the fall of 2025.
In 2021, Levine left her position at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center as director of the Arts/Industry program, 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.
Significant 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; and For Hire: Contemporary Sign Painting in America, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 2017. Further back, Levine was the gallerist of two non-traditional spaces, Sky High (2010-2014) and Paper Boat (2005-2009), that focused on collaborations with emerging artists and makers. She also founded and operated Wisconsin’s premier maker fair, Art vs. Craft (2005-2015).
Her projects, Sign Painters (2013) and Handmade Nation: The Rise of DIY Art, Craft, and Design (2009), featured-length documentaries with accompanying books published by Princeton Architectural Press, were toured extensively. Some highlights include programming 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.
After years of bouncing between various cities, towns, and hamlets in the United States, Levine landed in New York State. She lives with her partner, their cat Goldie on a dead-end street with no home mail delivery or garbage service next to a beautiful cemetery and creek.
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