A multidisciplinary artist and organizer, Courtney Surmanek creates installation artworks,performance-poetry, and community-based initiatives exploring law, trauma, public space, gender, and sexuality. They are currently a Fellow of the Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics’ EMERGENYC program and The Performance Project at University Settlement. They received a BFA in Studio Art and Arts Politics from New York University, focusing on the arts as a tool for social change, and have participated in art residencies with The Art & Law Program at Cornell University, the Center for Artistic Activism, and Gibney Dance’s Institute for Community Action. In addition to having a robust teaching background they have exhibited work, performed, and organized events in venues across New York, including the Bowery Poetry Club, Islip Art Museum, Judson Memorial Church, The Knockdown Arts Center, the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, the Living Gallery BK, the Lowline Lab, and Theaterlab.
Why did you choose to work at Usdan?
I am excited to work with youth at Usdan to continue my work closing the opportunity gap, instilling creative exploration and risk-taking in the youth I work with.