Katie Waddell is an independent curator, writer, critic, and cultural producer based in Chicago, IL. Her research and various projects focus on the phenomenon of the encounter as the center from which the intimate, the curious, and the experiential unfold.  Her work skews toward interdisciplinarity, with contemporary art and social practice as the primary point of departure. Waddell received  an M.A. in Modern Art History, Theory and Criticism, and Arts Administration and Policy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Waddell is the founder and director of 2nd Floor Rear, an annual festival of art in alternative spaces and experimental contexts, in Chicago, IL. 


Chicago’s 2nd Floor Rear Festival Celebrates DIY Art Spaces of All Kinds / Vice Creators Project / February 23, 2017 

VAM Presents 2nd Floor Rear / Promo + Video Interview / VAM Studios / January 2016

Alternative Art Spaces: Labors of Love / Interview / WUIS 91.9 FM / October 9, 2014

So You Wanna Run an Art Festival / Interview / Chicago Artists Resource Blog / January 28, 2014

BAS Episode 413: Siggraph/Greg Sholette / Guest Co-Interviewer / Bad at Sports / July 30, 2013

MDW Fair Interviews / Interview / 60 Inches from Center / November 7, 2011