Kathleen Bitetti

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Kathleen Bitetti is an independent curator and arts administrator based in Boston, Massachusetts (U.S.). She has also been an artist/curator in residence at several places. She is currently an artist/curator in residence the Alumni Program at Julie's Family Learning Program and from 2015-16 was an artist, curator & instigator in residence The Next Mile Project. Most recently in 2017, as an independent curator, she curated and oversaw three exhibitions: 27, a solo show by John Provenzano; SankofaSynthesis, a solo show by Gloretta Baynes; and 02127/2210, the Summer Annual- all at Medicine Wheel Productions. In Fall of 2016, she was the curator for Tír na nÓg, an international outdoor temporary pubic art project in Boston that was a collaboartion between many orgainzations including: Medicine Wheel Productions, the Fenway Alliance, the City of Boston, and Cutlure Ireland. Tír na nÓg was supported by Culture Ireland as part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme- a global initiative to mark the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising which set Ireland on its path for independence. Boston was the only U.S. City hosting temporary public art projects to commemorate the 1916 Centennial.

In March of 2012, she curated a two person show of work by Dan McCole and Brian Reardon at the Distillery Gallery in Boston and in May-June 2012 she is co-curated and participated in the group show, About & Engaged, at the Godine Family Gallery at Massachusetts College of Art & Design. The exhibition was part of her collaborative project, Engaged. In 2004 she was invited to write the introduction for a feature about acclaimed artist and activist Michela Griffo in the Post Road literary publication.

She has over twenty five years of experience in curating and arts administration. From January 2011 to December 2016, Kathleen served as Chief Curator at Medicine Wheel Productions. Katheen was the executive director of the Artists Foundation from 1992 to 2009 and was the chief curator and architect for all of the AF's exhibitions, educational initiatives and programs. She was the director of the Lillian Immig Gallery at Emmanuel College from 1999 to 2010, and she was also the director of the Harbor Gallery at University of Massachusetts, Boston from 1989-92. Kathleen has worked with over 500 artists and has collaborated with individual artists, artists collectives, museums, educational institutions, health care institutions, governmental agencies, social services organizations, artist run spaces and non profit cultural spaces on exhibitions and programming.

Press highlights about Kathleen: In 2008 she was denoted as a "Good Bostonian" by the Boston Weekly Dig for her advocacy and public policy work. CaughtinSouthie.com picked her to be their Character of the Month for August 2012 and she was also featured in 2012 in the Sommerville Times. The Massachusetts Cultural Council's blog, ArtSake, featured Bitetti on Oct. 30, 2013. Also in 2013 an interview with Kathleen and Todd Lester by MAP founding director, Janeil Engelstad entitled, "Field of Action", was included in the publication, MAP 2013 - The Workbook. In 2014 she was highlighted twice for her work: On Feburary 20, Big Red & Shiny featured her in their Boston Common blog series and on August 29, by Future Boston in their Local Heroes blog series. In a MassMedia's special edition - Fall 2015 and in its October 2014, she was featured in its series MassMedia's -UMass Boston's 50 at 50 Years.