With a decade of experience in curatorial practice and arts management, most recently at BAM, David Harper recently joined Paddle8 with broad creative and fundraising expertise. He was the Curator of the BAMart program at the Brooklyn Academy of Music from 2006-2013, where he oversaw both exhibitions and a development unit devoted to fundraising through visual art. He studied fine art and art history at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston (BFA, 2004) and Pratt Institute (MS, 2006).
Dave has worked in various capacities at New York galleries, non-profits, and arts institutions, and as a freelance advisor, curator, and writer. He was Associate Visiting Curator at the Austrian Cultural Forum New York from 2009-2011, and has served on the Boards of NURTUREart, a Brooklyn-based nonprofit organization serving emerging artists and curators; and the Shandaken Project in Shandaken, NY. He was the first curatorial fellow for the noted blog, Art F City, and he has curated shows at toomer labzda gallery, STADIUM, Storefront Bushwick, and curated_by in Vienna.