Self portrait, 2021
Faythe Levine (she/her) is a creative laborer and 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 practice intersects with curatorial projects, consulting, writing, documentary film, and happenings. Levine’s core belief that visual culture is a conduit for radical change and generative dialog can perpetuate momentum towards a future that holds space for collaboration, transparency, accountability and complexity.
Levine has worked in both traditional and DIY spaces. She recently 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. She has worked as a freelance artist and curator for the past ten years including 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; Counter Craft: Voices of the Indie Craft Community, Fuller Craft Museum, 2016; and Craftivism, UW-Green Bay Lawton Gallery, 2008. She 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. Levine was the founder and director of Milwaukee’s premier maker fair, Art vs. Craft (2004-2014) that annually drew thousands of visitors.
Her most widely known 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 in venues such as the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, Brooklyn Museum, Museum of Arts and Design, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and the Victoria and Albert Museum.