Sue Bell Yank
Sue Bell Yank

Sue Bell Yank is a writer, producer, and arts organizer. She currently works as an online education producer for the Oprah Winfrey Network and was formerly the Associate Director of Academic Programs at the Hammer Museum. She graduated from the Masters of Public Art Studies program at USC, focusing on the role of contemporary art in rebuilding efforts after a crisis, focusing on post­-Katrina New Orleans. She has a deep­-seated investment in socially and politically-­engaged art that can be traced to her years as a public school teacher in Lynwood and South Fairfax. She is currently an advisor for the Asian Arts Initiative's Social Practice Lab and the granting organization SPArt, was a curatorial advisor for the Creative Time Living as Form exhibition (2011), and was part of the curatorial team for the 2008 California Biennial. Her writing has been featured in exhibition catalogues, Journal of Aesthetics and Protest, the Huffington Post, KCET Artbound, and various arts blogs including her ongoing essay blog entitled Social Practice: Writings about the social in contemporary art. She has been a lecturer at California College of the Arts, Otis College of Art and Design, UCLA, and USC.

Website: suebellyank.com
Recent Articles
Can Artists Use Technology to Enable Communities?
Can Artists Use Technology to Enable Communities?
SOCiAL: Art + People speaks with Anne Bray, founder of LA Freewaves, and Fabian Wagmistert about how they create generative, civically-engaged networks in Los Angeles.
La Tierra de la Culebra Park: Can Artists Heal Nature?
La Tierra de la Culebra Park: Can Artists Heal Nature?
In this SOCiAL: Art + People installment, Sue Bell Yank shares the dialogue created between 10 individuals deeply engaged in the relationship of art, nature and social justice.
Otis Public Practice at 18th Street: What Can We Learn from dOCUMENTA (13)?
Otis Public Practice at 18th Street: What Can We Learn from dOCUMENTA (13)?
The Otis Public Practice program holds a discussion on the ground-breaking exhibition dOCUMENTA(13), the 100 day large-scale exhibition of contemporary art in Kassel, Germany that takes place every 5 years.
Public Matters: Market Makeover SMACKDOWN!
Public Matters: Market Makeover SMACKDOWN!
SOCiAL: Art + People talks with artists Mike Blockstein and Reanne Estrada about their partnerships, their teenaged collaborators, and the role of arts in social justice.
Occidental College SOCiAL Symposium: Can the Sidewalk Be a Stage?
Occidental College SOCiAL Symposium: Can the Sidewalk Be a Stage?
SOCiAL: Art + People speaks with artists and organizers whose practices are linked by their critical and performative interventions into the public sphere.
Artists + Institutions: Can We Find Common Ground?
Artists + Institutions: Can We Find Common Ground?
Artists David Burns, Sara Daleiden, and Mak Center director Kimberli Meyer speak about the upcoming free public salon, Artists+Institutions: Common Ground, and what drove them to produce such an ambitious dialogical project.
Is L.A. the Creative or Anti-Creative City?
Is L.A. the Creative or Anti-Creative City?
Sue Bell Yank, Elizabeth Currid-Halkett, and Sarah Schrank sit down to discuss both tired stereotypes and surprising realities about the L.A. art scene.
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Architecture/ Design

California becomes an international export by redefining the concept of city and home.

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Community Arts

Through workshops, education and placed based projects, art is the connective tissue of a community.

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Cultural Politics

Funding bubbles, cultural deserts and the politics of access to the arts in the 21st century.

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Film & Media Arts

At the shadow of the entertainment industry, video artists and underground filmmakers take a stand.

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Literature

Noir, sunshine and dystopia create a multi-ethnic narrative that is read, watched and admired around the globe.

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Multi-Disciplinary

Multi-hyphenate works that combine disciplines, remix dogmas, and reinvent the wheel.

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Music

A dialogue between cultures, the music of our state serves up the California dream like no other artform.

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Performance

Staging the drama of California through dance, music and theater.

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Visual Arts

Breaking away from the European and New York vanguard, California reinvents the art world.


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