Astrid Kaemmerling, PhD
Artist-Centered Program Manager
Astrid Kaemmerling, PhD, is a German-born artist, arts administrator, educator, and community manager who brings with her a deep knowledge about the complex role of the artist in the 21st century. As the Artist-Centered Program Manager, she is responsible for the administration, assessment, and refinement of the Joan Mitchell Center residency and public programming and acts as a primary contact and resource for the artists-in-residence.
Most recently, Astrid worked as Cultural Coordinator at the Goethe-Institut in San Francisco, where she conceptualized local public programming. Since moving to New Orleans, she has worked at Antenna, providing project management support for Fossil Free Fest. Her interest in interdisciplinary arts collaboration has led her from Germany to the US to the College of Fine Arts at Ohio University, where she received her PhD in Interdisciplinary Arts (2016), a degree positioned at the intersection of art and research. She specializes in the domain of walking art and is the founder of The Walk Discourse, a social practice art project, educational platform, and research laboratory that provides room for exchanges about walking art and public space. Founded in San Francisco, CA (2016) and currently based in New Orleans, LA, The Walk Discourse playfully and critically invites participants to study the urban and rural fabric while walking. Her research and artwork spans the genres of visual, performance, and media art and strives to connect spatial experiences and memories with a critical exploration of neighborhoods and selected urban places. Kaemmerling has been exhibited internationally in Germany, Italy, Korea, and the United States, has won several awards and fellowships, and has had residencies at the Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto (Italy), the Vermont Studio Center, and Kala Art Institute (CA), among others.