Independent Art Consultant, Project Manager, Co-Director PechaKucha Buffalo
Co-organizer of PechaKucha Buffalo since 2010, Joanna Gillespie is an arts management consultant, most recently serving as Special Projects Director of CEPA Gallery / Big Orbit Gallery in Buffalo, NY. Previously, Joanna served as Director of Development and Vice President of Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center. She developed an extensive knowledge of the art world through consulting for private art collections for over ten years, and through managing many Buffalo-based art projects. Joanna attended Allegheny College and the University at Buffalo, later teaching Art History at the University at Buffalo, Buffalo State College, Canisius College and Nichols School before beginning an independent consultancy.
Photography by David Moog / Courtesy Burchfield Penney Art Gallery
A Brief Memoir of Architectural Space
BY JOANNA GILLESPIE
@ VOL 17
ON SEP 15, 2016
"This is my 6-minute memoir. A mediation on impermanence."
In A Brief Memoir of Architecural Space from PechaKucha Buffalo vol. 17, independent arts consultant and co-organizer of PechaKucha Buffalo, Joanna Gillespie, delivers a meditation on twenty of the fifty places she has lived since birth. From Victorian-era structures in Buffalo, NY and San Francisco, CA, to the wilds of the 1970's California coast, to modern and efficient rural Japan, to a Postmodern art utopia in Maine, and beyond, Gillespie recounts a particular memory from each space. Through all of the temporal landscapes we find ourselves in, Gillespie concludes, "We forge on, either clumsily or assuredly. We keep on keeping on." Even if we move fifty times.