Sue Bell Yank

Sue Bell Yank is the Associate Director of Academic Programs at the Hammer Museum, where she designs innovative initiatives for middle, high school, and university students; collaborates with UCLA departments in curricular development; organizes the museum’s internships and tour programs; and oversees the Museum’s Artist Council. She has also worked with artist Edgar Arceneaux as a co-director of the Watts House Project and has a deep-seated investment in socially and politically-engaged art that can be traced to her years as a public school teacher in Lynwood and South Fairfax. She is currently an advisor for the Asian Arts Initiative’s Social Practice Lab, was a curatorial advisor for the Creative Time Living as Form exhibition (2011), and was part of the curatorial team for the 2008 California Biennial. Her writing has been featured in exhibition catalogues, n.paradoxa, the Journal of Aesthetics and Protest, the Huffington Post, KCET Artbound, and various other arts blogs, including her ongoing essay blog entitled Social Practice: Writings about the social in contemporary art. She has been a lecturer at California College of the Arts, Otis College of Art and Design, UCLA, UC Berkeley, and USC, and is an affiliate of the UC Santa Cruz Social Practice Arts Research Center. Yank graduated from Harvard University with a BA and earned her Masters in Public Art Studies at the University of Southern California.