Kathryn Bonansinga is the Director of School of Art at the College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP) at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio. She is a contemporary art curator interested in public art that engages audiences and embraces social practice and environmental sustainability. Bonansinga teaches a studio course about public art which culminates annually with a design of a public art project for a specific neighborhood in Cincinnati. Her recent book, “Curating at the Edge: Art at the U.S./Mexico Border,” addresses projects realized with the artists Alejandro Almanza, Marcela Armas, Atherton/Keener, Margarita Cabrera, Tania Candiani, and Liz Cohen among others.
Bonansinga researched the annual Art Prospect Festival of contemporary art in St. Petersburg. During the festival, she met with the participants and observed the interactive and socially engaged public art projects. Bonansinga wrote a paper for the international art press about the model practices at the festival. She also met with curators of contemporary art, specifically Alexander Borovsky, Head of the Department of Contemporary Art at the State Russian Museum, to research Russia’s current museology.