Ariel Gentalen is a trans art-laborer, educator, and organizer seeking to diversify narratives and create platforms for engaging critical dialogue among artists, artwork and audience. Their current research focuses on situating socially engaged art in theories of intersectional feminisms and utilizing exhibitions as a political platform to center voices previously excluded and underrepresented. They are currently writing in and around issues of transgender identity, masculinity, & time. They are currently the Residency and Public Programs Manager at the Hyde Park Art Center.

They received their BA in Art History and Women’s Studies from California State University, Fullerton and their MA in Arts Education from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. They have also worked at the Third Coast International Audio Festival, the Art Institute of Chicago, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, & were a 2017 Curatorial Resident at the Chicago Artists Coalition.

Originally from Southern California, they now happily call Chicago home, alongside their cat, Ampersand. In their spare time they lace up their skates to play derby as K.D. Fang for the Windy City Rollers. They would love to talk to you about podcasts & baseball