Amelia Ishmael is an writer, teacher, artist, and curator born in Kansas City, Missouri. She received her Bachelors degree of Fine Art in 2004 after studies in Photography & New Media at the Kansas City Art Institute and the School of Visual Arts in New York. In 2011 Amelia earned a Masters in Modern Art History, Theory, and Criticism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with an emphasis in both the history of photography and contemporary art influenced by Black Metal.
With an emphasis on contemporary artists and exhibitions, Amelia has published articles in Art Papers, ArtSlant, Art in Print, Review magazine, fNEWS, and the Boulder Weekly since 2003. She is also a contributor to the online contemporary art forum KCLOG.
Her teaching experience at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago includes appointments as a teaching fellow for Modern to Contemporary Art and Architecture, and as a teaching assistant for courses such as the History of Prints and the Prehistory of New Media Art. Amelia has also delivered papers at the Southeastern College Art Conference, the Black Metal Theory Symposium, and the University of Iowa Graduate Art History Society Symposium.
Amelia's photography and installation art have exhibited at H&R Block Artspace in Kansas City, the School of Visual Arts in New York and Flash Gallery in Denver. Her visual art has been further honored by the Urban Culture Project's Studio Residency Program, the School of Visual Arts' Chairman Merit Award, and H&R Artspace's Flatfile Visiting Curator Merit.
Amelia Ishmael's current projects include roles as the curator of a traveling exhibition featuring contemporary art influenced by Black Metal which will be on exhibit from January to April 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri and Chicago, Illinois. She is also the current co-editor and art director of Helvete, a journal of Black Metal theory, which is set to launch in March 2012.