Staci Bu Shea (b. 1988, Miami) is a curator, writer, and lecturer when working. With a focus on how we relate with one another, Staci is concerned with practices and representations of social life across art, institutions, activism, and the everyday.
Staci is curator at Casco Art Institute: Working for the Commons, an institute based in Utrecht, The Netherlands that studies, presents and situates art for the commons and of the commons, and has organized the exhibition program there together with the extended team since 2017. At Casco Art Institute, Staci leads/follows Poetics of Living, a long term “study line” co-initiated with Rizvana Bradley on non-normative ways of living together in consideration of rapidly changing discourses around sexuality, health, communal life, and death. With artist Jeanne van Heeswijk, Staci leads an MA spatial practice class at HKU University of the Arts Utrecht.
Staci curated heroic in its ordinariness at Crisp Ellert Art Museum (St. Augustine, FL) in 2019, with work by Elizabeth Atterbury, Beverly Buchanan, Taraneh Fazeli, Feminist Healthcare Research Group, Carolyn Lazard, Redeem Pettaway, Falke Pisano, and Sasha Wortzel. Together with Carmel Curtis, Staci co-curated the first comprehensive retrospective of Barbara Hammer’s five decades of work titled Barbara Hammer: Evidentiary Bodies at Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay & Lesbian Art (New York City) in 2017.
Staci graduated from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College in 2016, and curated Emphasis Repeats at Hessel Museum of Art and co-curated Receipt of a Magical Agent at CCS Bard Galleries. While at CCS Bard, Staci worked as a library assistant at CCS Library and Archives; organized programs at P! and Judd Foundation in New York City; assisted the formation of Invisible Adversaries curated by Lauren Cornell and Tom Eccles at Hessel Museum of Art; and audited an Introduction to Modern Dance class at Bard College. Staci was also involved in peer thesis work: as narrator for the audio guide of Overburden curated by Humberto Moro and designer of a publication included in The future will never arrive curated by Rachael Rakes.