Joe Houston has been Curator of the Hallmark Art Collection since 2008. Prior to joining Hallmark in Kansas City he served as Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at the Columbus Museum of Art in Ohio (2005-2008), Curator at Cranbrook Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan (2002-2004), and Curator at Rockford Art Museum in Illinois (2000-2001). Among the exhibitions he has curated are Post-Digital Painting at Cranbrook Art Museum, Optic Nerve: Perceptual Art of the 1960s at Columbus Museum of Art, and the international traveling exhibition A Global Exchange: Geometric Abstraction Since 1950 for Museo de Arte Contemporáneo in Buenos Aires (2012-2014) .
Joe received his MFA from Northwestern University and has taught courses at Northwestern University College in Evanston, DePaul University in Chicago, and the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. He has contributed to publications for galleries and museums internationally, including The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Hood Museum at Dartmouth, Sommerakademie für Bildende Kunst in Salzburg, and Whitechapel Gallery in London.
Joe is currently President of the Association of Professional Art Advisors (APAA). He frequently lectures on the subject of modern and contemporary art and has served as a juror and advisor for the Kansas City Arts Commission, the Kansas City Art Institute and other regional arts organizations.
Erin Dodson is the Assistant Curator for the Hallmark Art Collection. She began her career at Hallmark in 2008 as a Photo Retouch Artist for Hallmark’s Union Hill Studio, and came to the Hallmark Art Collection in 2010. Erin received a BA in Photography at City College of New York in Harlem. During her time in New York, she worked for the Richard Avedon Foundation, contributing to the research and archiving of the artist’s work. Erin also worked at various art galleries, and as an artist’s assistant, before returning to her hometown of Kansas City in 2007.
Outside of her work with the Hallmark Art Collection, Erin makes photo-based art. Along with her husband Eric, she operates the small artist-run space Kiosk Gallery, which is dedicated to promoting the work of emerging artists.
Ambrotype portraits by Steve Wilson, 2014.
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