Dara Meyers-Kingsley is the director of the Office of the Arts and the Mellon Arts Fellowship Program at Hunter College. She is also the director of the Muse Scholar Program, an honors program for high achieving students with talents in the arts. In addition, she serves as the liaison for the college’s cultural partnerships with visual and performing arts institutions throughout NYC.
Ms. Meyers-Kingsley has extensive experience as a contemporary art curator with an interdisciplinary curatorial practice. Her exhibitions, often including visual art, media, installation and performance, have been presented around the United States at LA MOCA, MCA Chicago, the New Museum, The Andy Warhol Museum, Miami MOCA, the Brooklyn Museum, the Center for Jewish History and the Mattress Factory. Previously, she was director of the Film and Video Collections for the Andy Warhol Foundation and curator of film and video at the Brooklyn Museum.
Throughout her career, she has worked with a variety of art funders, including the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts. Ms. Meyers-Kingsley has lectured on media art history in the United States and abroad (Reina Sofia, Madrid and SMAK, Ghent) and she is the author of museum catalogues and articles on Adrian Piper, Andy Warhol, 1970s video art, public art and contemporary media.
As an educator she has taught aspiring artists in Parsons’ MFA Studio Art Program, undergraduates in Hunter’s Macaulay Honors College and, since 2011, the first year Muse Scholars. As part of the Muse curriculum, students study with Ms. Meyers-Kingsley in a year-long course that includes visits to museums and galleries, and performances of theater, dance and music throughout NYC.