Director of Exhibitions and Public Programs, Temple Contemporary, Tyler School of Art and Architecture

Rob Blackson

Rob Blackson’s research-based curatorial work is centered in the creation of practical and poetic solutions for systemic challenges within our society. As the founding Director of Temple Contemporary, Blackson has curated numerous works including Symphony for a Broken Orchestra, reForm, Funeral for a Home and Restoring Ideals, in partnership with artists and local and national communities. These works have received critical acclaim in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Guardian, The BBC, NBC Nightly News, NPR and Huffington Post. He also directs The Velocity Fund—a regional-regranting program for Philadelphia artists supported by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. 
 
Before joining Tyler’s faculty and directing the Department of Exhibitions and Public Programs, Blackson served as the inaugural curator of Public Programs at Nottingham Contemporary, working in partnership with Nottingham University and Nottingham Trent University. He was a curator at Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art and curator of Reg Vardy Gallery at the University of Sunderland, UK. He has guest lectured on contemporary curatorial practice at numerous schools and colleges including Rhode Island School of Design, Maryland Institute College of Art and the Royal College of Art. 

MA, Curatorial Studies, The Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, 2003
BFA, Concentration in Sculpture, Rhode Island School of Design, 1997

Selected Awards
Animating Museums Fellow (2017–2019)
Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Mellon Foundation 

Curatorial Fellow (2012–2013)
Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

Travel Award (2011, 2012, 2015 and 2017)
The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage

Selected Work
Blackson, R. (2016–2019). Symphony for a Broken Orchestra. Retrieved from
     www.symphonyforabrokenorchestra.org. 
 
Blackson, R. (Ed.). (2016). reForm: Pepón Osorio. Manchester, UK: Art Editions North.
 
Blackson, R. (2014). Suplantando al otro. In Patricia Esquivas, A Veces Decorado (pp. 51–56).
     Madrid, Spain: CA2M.