Curator's Open: Meet the Panel

Maiza Hixson - Wilmington, US

Maiza Hixson (Philadelphia, PA) is the DCCA Gretchen Hupfel Curator of Contemporary Art. Chief Curator of the DCCA, Hixson also has extensive museum and curatorial experience, having been affiliated with the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia and served as Associate Curator of the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati. Prior to this, she held a curatorial fellowship at the J.B. Speed Art Museum in Louisville, KY.

She holds an MA in Critical and Curatorial Studies from the University of Louisville and completed Post Baccalaureate Study in Art Theory, Criticism, History, and Painting at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her curatorial work was featured in the Independent Curators’ International exhibition The People’s Biennial, curated by Jens Hoffman and Harrell Fletcher. 

She has curated numerous solo and group exhibitions, including Young Country: Images of the Rural in Contemporary Art (2011); American Idyll: Contemporary Art and Karaoke (2008), and Oh Boy: Men and Masculinity (2007). While serving at the DCCA, Hixson has organized such exhibitions as Joe Girandola: Monumental Duct Tape Drawings (2013) and Wilmington Trap Stars: A Street Art Exhibition (2014). Hixson's 2012-2014 curatorial program, Radical Participation: A Series of Four Socially-Engaged Exhibitions featured Imperfect City: A Real Time ExhibitionCurate + Create=CUR(EAT)Drift: Artists' Walks & Runs; andLittle White Cubes: Makeshift Gallery Spaces.  In addition to her work at the DCCA, Hixson is co-founder of a nomadic gallery entitled The Shaft Space with Lauren Ruth. 


Audrey Illouz
- Paris, FR

A graduate of art history and English literature at the Sorbonne (Paris), Audrey Illouz worked for four years (2006-2010) as exhibition coordinator at the Centre Photographique d’Ile-de-France. She is an independent art critic and curator. She writes regularly for the magazines Art PressFlash Art International, and 02.

She curated the exhibitions Silêncio ! (2008-2009) at the Galeria Vermelho, São Paulo, and Chambres Sourdes at the Parc Culturel de Rentilly (Printemps 2011).

She was awarded the grant for Art Critic and Theory by the Centre National des Arts Plastiques (CNAP, France, 2011). She is currently carrying out research on Vito Acconci and the Acconci Studio, New York.

She is currently working at the Caen-Cherbourg School of Arts for the Musée éclaté de la Presqu’Île de Caen.  She is an advisor for the Lab’Bel, the artistic laboratory of the Bel  group. She is a member of C-E-A (associate curators) and AICA.


Patricia Courson - Chicago, US

Patricia Courson is a 2007 graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and has worked as the Director of Programming and Exhibitor Relations at EXPO CHICAGO since 2011. She was the previous Director of Programming and Exhibitions at the Arts Club of Chicago and the Associate Director of Bucketrider Gallery in Chicago. In her spare time, she runs an apartment gallery in Wicker Park entitled, Lloyd Dobler Gallery.




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