Ian Sullivan joins CCS Bard as the Director of Exhibitions and Operations. Formerly he was the Director of Exhibitions Management at the New Museum where he was responsible for the organization and production of numerous exhibitions, notably Sarah Lucas: Au Naturel (2018); the 2018 Triennial Songs for Sabotage; Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon (2017); and Raymond Pettibon: A Pen of All Work (2017). During this time he oversaw the programming expansion of the New Museum’s South Galleries and collaborated with artists such as Marguerite Humeau, Hiwa K, Aaron Fowler, Alexandra Pirici, Nathaniel Mellors, Sara Magenheimer, and Petrit Halilaj.
From 2004–2016, Sullivan served as the Associate Gallery Director and Exhibition Designer at the Bard Graduate Center, spearheading exhibit design and project management of over forty exhibitions. In 2010, he partnered with Academic Programs to develop the Focus Gallery Project, a bi-annual BGC faculty and student collaborative exhibition program. He continues to lecture and conduct workshops on a broad range of technical, material, aesthetic and logical solutions to installation and design concerns.
Throughout the past decade, Sullivan has done freelance exhibition design and consulting for Performa, Independent Art Fair, Munson-Williams-Proctor Art Institute, the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at NYU, the Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University, X Initiative, and others. Since 2009, he has worked closely with Massimiliano Gioni on a number of complex exhibition designs for several large-scale projects outside of the New Museum, including The Great Mother (2015) at the Nicola Trussardi Foundation; The Encyclopedic Palace (2013) at the Venice Biennale; and 10,000 Lives (2010) at the Gwangju Biennale.
Sullivan is a Mentor in Residence for the NEW INC Museum Tech Track where he frequently contributes his knowledge, skills, and expertise to the NEW INC program.