Diversifying the Art Tech World

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Joelle Dietrick
Kathy Rae Huffman


In this transcript of a panel discussion at the 2018 College Art Association conference, participants discuss the gender gap in the art tech world. Against a backdrop of both the current political climate and recent reporting into the gender gap in the tech industry, panelists gave short presentations of their work with commentary on their early access to technology, mentors and other support structures that helped them to create significant artwork. Questions focused on how, going forward, we can support younger, female and trans new media artists, particularly artists of color.

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Joelle Dietrick, Davidson College

Joelle Dietrick is an artist who produces work about the human impact of global trade. Her paintings, drawings and animations have been shown at the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, Transitio_MX in Mexico City, TINA B Festival in Prague and Venice, Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Chicago, MCA San Diego, Long March Space Beijing, ARC Gallery Chicago and Soho20 New York. She has attended residencies at MacDowell, the Künstlerhaus Salzburg, Anderson Ranch, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Banff Centre for the Arts, and the School of the Visual Arts and received grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the University of California, Florida State University, the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD), the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program.

Kathy Rae Huffman, Independent Curator

Kathy Rae Huffman is a curator currently based in Los Angeles. She was Chief Curator at the Long Beach Museum of Art in Long Beach, California from 1979 to 1984, where she established LBMA Video as a regional center supporting early video art. From 1984 to 1991, Huffman was Adjunct Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Massachusetts and curator/producer of The Contemporary Art Television Fund. From 1991 to 1998, Huffman worked as free-lance writer, curator, lecturer, producer and consultant, based in Austria. During this time, she co-founded FACES listserv. After two years from 1998 to 2000 as an Associate Professor of Art at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, she was the director of Hull Time Based Arts, UK from 2000 to 2002 and the Visual Arts Director at Cornerhouse in Manchester from 2002 - 2008. Since 2008, she has curated major exhibitions for EMAF, SIGGRAPH, ISEA, Transmediale and The Getty.