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Executive Director, Southern Exposure

Courtney Fink, Executive Director of Southern Exposure since 2003, has 20 years of experience developing the capacity of visual artists and the systems that support them. Ms. Fink is responsible for guiding SoEx’s vision and the organization’s commitment to support artists. She has led the organization through tremendous transitions over the past ten years including three relocations , the development of their new 20th Street building, and has developed major new program initiatives. Prior to joining Southern Exposure, Ms. Fink held positions at California College of the Arts and Capp Street Project in San Francisco, as well as Franklin Furnace in New York.


In her SoEx leadership role, Ms. Fink initiated SoEx Off-Site and SoEx’s grant program Alternative Exposure. She also led SoEx through its first capital campaign, which successfully concluded in 2009. Courtney is co-founder of The Network of Artists Spaces and Projects, a new national alliance of and advocacy group for small-scale visual arts platforms and their producers launching in 2014.


Ms. Fink has served as a juror for Creative Capital, Headlands Center for the Arts, San Francisco Arts Commission, and the San Francisco International Film Festival among many others institutions nationwide, and has lectured locally and nationally, including Portland State University, Stanford University, Capital City Arts Initiative in Nevada, the 2007 NAMAC conference in Austin, Texas, and InFest, an international convening of artist-run culture in Vancouver, Canada. Originally from Los Angeles, California, she holds a B.A. in art history and fine arts from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY. Courtney also serves on the Board of Directors of the Seed Fund and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.