Aaron Ott was appointed as the Albright-Knox’s first Curator of Public Art in 2013. Previously, Ott worked as an independent creative on projects with the Elmhurst Art Museum, Columbia College, the Hyde Park Art Center, and the Chicago Artists Coalition’s HATCH Projects. He also served as a curator at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Elmhurst Art Museum, and as Director of David Weinberg Photography in Chicago.
Ott leads the Albright-Knox’s Public Art Initiative, a unique partnership supported by the County of Erie and the City of Buffalo. Through this initiative, Ott has managed more than 20 public art projects and installations around Erie County, including Casey Riordan Millard’s popular Shark Girl, on view permanently at Canalside Buffalo; Matthew Hoffman’s You Are Beautiful in 2014; Shayne Dark: Natural Conditions at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens in 2015; Kaarina Kaikkonen’s We Share a Dream at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport in 2015; Amanda Browder's Spectral Locus in 2016; The Freedom Wall—created by John Baker, Julia Bottoms, Chuck Tingley, and Edreys Wajed—in 2017; and Robert Indiana's NUMBERS ONE through ZERO, –in 2018.
Ott holds a BFA in Fine Art Photography from the University of Cincinnati and a Master’s degree in Museum and Exhibition Studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
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