Christine Koppes Joins San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art as Curator, Director of Public Programs

The San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art has named Christine Koppes as its new curator and director of public programs. Koppes comes to the ICA from Bedford Gallery at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek, California, where she served as assistant curator for more than five years.

While working at Bedford Gallery, Koppes helped organize exhibitions and public art projects featuring work by national and international artists, as well as numerous public programs, such as her popular Frida Fest, which celebrated the career of the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Koppes has a bachelor’s degree in art history from the University of California, Berkeley.

Commenting on the position, Koppes said, “I’m looking forward to joining the team at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art because we share a commitment to thought-provoking and immersive art installations. My goal is to present artwork that engages visitors from all walks of life and with any level of art knowledge or appreciation. For me, exhibitions are successful if they inspire us to see in a new way or to consider a viewpoint different from our own.”