Carolyn Sickles is an artist, arts director, and arts educator living in Brooklyn, New York. As Director of Engagement & Visual Arts at Abrons Arts Center in Manhattan's Lower East Side neighborhood, she supports a multidisciplinary community of artists while engaging with diverse audiences through innovative and accessible arts initiatives. Leadership responsibilities include oversight of Abrons' studio-based, curatorial, social practice, and education residencies; exhibitions; gallery education experiences and discursive public events; StudioLab school partnerships; center-based arts classes for youth and adults; professional development workshops for artists, administrators, and public school teachers; designing tools for evaluation collection and analysis. Programs have received praise from The New York Times, Modern Painters, Village Voice, and PBS Art21.
As an independent educator, Carolyn has taught workshops for New Museum, Dia Art Foundation, Guggenheim Museum, Textile Arts Center, and e-flux; served as a visiting critic at NARS (NY Art Residency & Studios) Foundation, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC), NURTUREart, The Wassaic Project, Residency Unlimited, Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, Department of Art and Art Professions at New York University, and Hunter College at City University of New York; guest lectured for Teachers College Columbia University, The New School at Parsons School of Design, and Steinhardt School of Education, Culture, and Human Development at New York University; and facilitated presentations at The Conference for Community Arts Education and New York City Museum Educators Roundtable (NYCMER) annual conferences.
Carolyn's studio-based work has been exhibited at EFA Project Space, New York, NY; Abrons Arts Center, New York, NY; NUMU Arts Collective, Brooklyn, NY; Brandt Gallery, Boston; H&R Blockspace, Kansas City, MO; Living Room Gallery, Design District, Miami, FL; Whitespace at The Mordes Collection, Palm Beach, FL; Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, FL; EG2 Gallery, Northwood, FL; Montgomery Building, Lake Worth, FL; Ritter Gallery, FAU, Boca Raton, FL. Select artist residencies include SHIFT Residency, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York, NY, 2014 - 2015; Artist in Residence, A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts, West Palm Beach, FL, 2007; Artists in Landscape Residency, Pine Jog Environmental Center; West Palm Beach, FL, 2006. Curatorial projects include Hidden in Plain Sight, Projekt722, Brooklyn, NY, 2011; Paper Piracy, Northwood EG2 Gallery, Riviera Beach, FL, 2009; A Trump in the Dark, Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, FL, 2009; Tempt Your Senses, Trump International, West Palm Beach, FL, 2009 and Six Degrees, Montgomery Space (PBICA), Lake Worth, FL, 2007. Carolyn received a National Association of Women Artists Emerging Artist Award.
Academic accomplishments include receiving her M.S. Ed. in Museum Leadership at Bank Street Graduate School of Education and completing a B.F.A. in Sculpture, B.A. in Art History, and Certificate in Gender Studies while attending programs at Florida Atlantic University, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and Kansas City Art Institute.