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.
They are currently an Artist in Residence at Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana, CA where they are working on text for a Transistors publication with Candor Arts. They are also writing/developing work on #transtime that seeks to bridge an understanding of the body through our many cultural conceptions of time presented in film, music, television, sports, art, and theater - and how all those fields of play are influenced by toxic masculinity, which is both constructed and kept in place by the aesthetic of the white supremecist patriarchy. They also recently launched Curating About Everything, a bi-weekly digi zine to explore these concepts in short form writing, internet screenshots, and music videos.
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, they were a 2016/2017 Chicago Artists Coalition Curatorial Fellow, and were most recently, the Residency & Public Programs Manager at the Hyde Park Art Center.