About Me

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I am a freelance curator, writer, and lecturer originally from Chicago.  Since 2009, I have been living in Zurich, Switzerland with my husband and two sons. Before this, from 2005-2008, I was the executive director of the Chicago Artists’ Coalition, and the executive director of Around the Coyote Arts Festival from 1998-2003. From 2003-2005, when I took time off to be with my first child, I freelanced as the grant writer for Woman Made Gallery. I have also served as juror for several festivals, shows, and granting agencies and I contribute regularly to ArtReview, Frieze Magazine, Art in America, Flash Art, Sculpture Magazine, Artslant, Artmargins, and TurnOnArt.

In the press:

Interview with Olga Stefan – Artguideeast
Interview with Olga Stefan – My Girlfriend Guide
Arts Professional’s Story – Chicago Artists’ Resource

Around The Coyote:
Arts Districts – Chicago Business
A New Animal – Chicago Reader
A Leaner Coyote – Chicago Reader
Shooting the Breeze – Chicago Sun-Times
Around The Coyote – Inside Publications
ATC Fall Arts Festival – Artscope
ATC Winter Arts Festival – Artscope
ArtSlant Columbia Chronicle Review of Around the Coyote exhibition
Lonesome Coyote – Chicago Reader
New ED Begins at ATC – Inside Publications
Around The Coyote, a brief review
About Around the Coyote – Inside Publications 2001
Around The Coyote Debuts Winter Arts Festival – Artscope
Artists say Cut – Chicago Sun-Times Chicago Sun Times
Artstyle Chicago Artfacts.net
Adapting the Borders: Director’s Vision takes fest deeper into the community… – Chicago Tribune

As lecturer:
Professional  Artist Seminar – Artists House
Artists House Panel Discussion

Chicago Artists’ Coalition:
U of C Student Newspaper Conversation about Prompt Magazine – Bad At Sports
Conversation about the public art controversy – Bad At Sports
Conversation about arts journalism – Bad at Sports
About the CAC and me – Time Out Chicago
Chicago Artists’ Coalition – Wikipedia

Reviews of curatorial projects:
Review of Resurrection  – Artscope
Interview with Dan and Lia Perjovschi in conjunction with Palpable Disequilibrium: Contemporary Art in Romania, FNewsMagazine 2003
Press for For A Limited Time OnlyArtslant
Press for a Limited Time Only – Highland Park Press


17 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Crocko,

    Everything is sooooo interesting…And the picture of the bloggeress blogging at her laptop is sooooo beautiful

  2. Olga –
    The blog looks great and is already full of fabulous info and insight. Keep up the great work – I look forward to reading often (just remember not to put too much pressure on yourself to blog constantly …)

  3. This looks great- thanks for detailing with such eloquence the interest in cultural connections and the poetry. I am another adherent to your mission, thanks for clarifying so succinctly. I’m glad I can follow your explorations of Zurich, and look forward to meeting you in March. Take care.

    I’ll ignore the pressure to write as well on my own blog, but take this one as inspiration. Best to you, stay warm. ~Jess Witte

  4. Olga,
    I love your blog and miss you terribly. Can’t wait to visit. Tell Oliver and Lucas I say “hello”.

  5. Olga, I feel deeply impressed by your words, philosphical ideas about arts, literature, even music – corresponding to each other – how they influence human life, touching us, lifting us up to cultural spheres.
    Thanks for the inspiration to reread Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs du Mal and get to know Pierre Leroux. Looking forward to more writings from you – maybe an essay, even a whole book!? Sure the blog will be a big success!
    What a pity Hamburg is so far away from Chicago – love, Oma Wiebke

  6. Hi and thanks for finding me- we’re linked up now. Maybe I will run into you sometime in a gallery in Switzerland. Will be moving this fall near Geneva :)

  7. I like your blog and I find a real privilege to navigate in a such a delightful unique world you could re-create.
    Thanks !

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  9. Hello there Ms. Olga,

    I am an IB student who is researching information about Tristan Tzara and his contribution to the Dada movement. Specifically, I am aiming to write a research investigation about his work, The Gas Heart. I hope that you have some information on the subject, and can get back to me soon.

    Thanks, (and awesome blog :)

  10. Cool info on About Me and this Blog | Correspondences.

    It is without doubt one of the most useful that Ive come across in a
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