Will Fenstermaker

by day, digital editor @ the Metropolitan Museum of Art
by night, associate editor @ the Brooklyn Rail
member, AICA–USA

My writings on art, photography, and technology have been published by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn RailArtspaceTwo Coats of Paint, Surface, Momus, Hyperallergic, Degree Critical, Mashable, Digital Trends and elsewhere. I previously worked as a writer for Artspace and photojournalist for Mashable.

I’m a graduate of the School of Visual Arts, where I received my MFA in art criticism & writing with a thesis on Thomas Ruff’s “Jpegs,” the internet as an archive, mass media imagery, and photography after 9/11. I’ve also worked as a curator and picture editor, as well as a defense investigator for the D.C. Public Defender Service.


Curriculum Vitae

Work Experience

The Metropolitan Museum of ArtNew York, NY
Digital Editor
 | July 2017 – Present

Write, edit, and produce digital media for the specific departments—Photographs, Modern & Contemporary, American Arts Wing, European Sculpture & Decorative Arts, Arms & Armor, and Medieval Art & The Cloisters—as well as museum-wide projects (e.g., the 150th anniversary of The Met).


The Brooklyn RailBrooklyn, NY
Associate Editor
 | June 2017 – Present

Edit dozens of reviews & essays of art criticism for each monthly issue. Secure & liaise with contributors, manage editorial calendar, & track submissions.


LensCultureNew York, NY
Photo Reviewer
 | May 2016 – Present

Critique dozens to hundreds of photographs daily, submitted for contests (eg., Magnum, emerging & portrait), publication, etc. Write reviews providing photographers with critical feedback on their work. Collate educational resources.


ArtspaceNew York, NY
Editorial Intern
 | Feb – June 2017

Wrote articles & essays on international art scene. Reported on art news, eg., interviews, art fairs, artists to watch, collecting advice, & reportage. Edited pieces by staff, contributors, & interns. Curated collections, managed social media, & photographed art events.


New York Photography DiaryNew York, NY
Editor & Curator
 | May – Dec 2016

Curated “Elsewhere Is a Negative Mirror” exhibition of photography in London. Sole New York-based editor for Photography Diaries. Edited & published essays on photography in New York City. Solicited contributors, managed CMS, wrote newsletters & social media posts.


Guggenheim MuseumNew York, NY
Editorial Intern | Sept – Dec 2015

Wrote exhibition copy for Guggenheim catalogues, website, & app. Managed object entries on TMS. Edited content, curated images for publication, & managed rights. Report analytics on app content.


MashableNew York, NY
Photographer | Nov 2013 – May 2014

Photographed editorial & journalistic projects: Breaking news, product launches, etc. Curated photos via wire services & contributors. Monthly reports on visual engagement directly to Chief Content Officer.


National Geographic SocietyWashington, DC
Editorial Intern | Sept – Dec 2012

Fact check & copy edit manuscripts. Secure image rights from photographers & National Geographic archives. Manage TI Sheets & CMS. Write copy for website.


Node Center, Berlin, Germany
Continuing Education | 2017

Curatorial Studies

School of Visual ArtsNew York, NY
Master of Fine Arts
| 2014 – 2016

Art Criticism & Writing
Thesis: Access / Absence
Paula Rhodes Award for Exceptional Achievement in Art Writing

The George Washington UniversityWashington, DC
Bachelor of Arts | 2009 – 2013

English Literature
Minor: Creative Writing


Writing Experience

The Brooklyn Rail, Art Criticism
Staff | Since Jan 2017

Artspace, Art Criticism
| Since June 2017
Staff | Feb – June 2017

Surface, Technology
Contributor | Jan  – June 2017

Hyperallergic, Art Criticism
Contributor | Since July 2016

Two Coats of Paint, Art Criticism
Contributor | Since July 2016

Momus, Art Criticism
Contributor | Since Apr 2015

Digital Trends, Technology
Contributor | Since Aug 2014

Mashable, Photography & Culture
Staff | Nov 2013 – May 2014


Exhibitions & Conferences

Elsewhere Is a Negative MirrorExhibition
| Oct – Dec 2016

Excerpts from Access / AbsenceMFA Art Writing Class of 2016 Thesis Reading
Lecturer | May 2016

Reading ImagesCritical Information: Text & Image
Conference Organizer & Respondent
| Nov 2015


Grants, Scholarships, & Awards

Paula Rhodes Award for Exceptional Achievement in Art Writing, School of Visual Arts
Award | May 2016

Teaching Assistant: Honors Modern Philosophy II, School of Visual Arts
Grant | Spring 2016

Teaching Assistant: Writing II, School of Visual Arts
Grant | Spring 2015

Departmental Scholarship, School of Visual Arts
Scholarship | Sept 2014 – May 2016

Board of Trustees Scholarship, The George Washington University
Scholarship | Sept 2009 – May 2013

Tidewater-Blueridge Scholarship, The George Washington University
Scholarship | 2012