William Fenstermaker

My writings on art, photography, culture and technology have been published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Brooklyn Rail, The Paris Review (The Daily), Artspace, Surface, Hyperallergic, Degree Critical, Mashable and elsewhere.

I’m a graduate of the School of Visual Arts—where I received my mfa in art criticism and writing with a thesis on Thomas Ruff’s jpegs and mass-media imagery after 9/11—and The George Washington University. I’ve previously worked as a photojournalist, picture editor and curator, as well as a defense investigator for the DC Public Defender Service.

View my résumé (pdf).


Education

Node Center, Berlin, Germany
Continuing Education | 2017

Curatorial Studies

School of Visual Arts, New 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 University, Washington, DC
Bachelor of Arts | 2009 – 2013

English Literature
Focus in Modernism & Aesthetics
Minor in Creative Writing

 

Work Experience

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Editor, Digital Department | July 2017 – Present

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

LensCulture, New York, NY
Photo Reviewer | May 2016 – Present

Artspace, New York, NY
Editorial Intern | February – June 2017

New York Photography Diary, New York, NY
Editor & Curator | May – December 2016

Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Publishing & Digital Media Intern | September – December 2015

Public Books, New York, NY
Editorial Intern | May – September 2015

Codeword, New York, NY
Associate Editor | May – August 2014

Mashable, New York, NY
Photographer | November 2013 – May 2014

National Geographic Society, Washington, DC
Editorial Intern | September – December 2012

Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, Washington, DC
Investigator | May – August 2011

 

Organizations

AICA-USA, New York, NY
Board Member | June 2018 – May 2021
Treasurer | June 2018 – May 2020

 

Mastheads & Bylines

Artspace, Staff

The Brooklyn Rail, Staff

Degree Critical, Contributor

Digital Trends, Contributor

Eli Klein Gallery, Contributor

The Guggenheim Museum, Staff

Hyperallergic, Contributor

Mashable, Staff

Momus, Contributor

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Staff

National Geographic Society, Staff

New York Photography Diary, Staff

The Paris Review Daily, Contributor

Surface, Contributor

Two Coats of Paint, Contributor

 

Exhibitions & Conferences

Elsewhere Is a Negative Mirror, Exhibition
Curator | October – December 2016

Access / Absence,” MFA Art Criticism & Writing Class of 2016 Thesis Reading
Lecturer | May 2016

Reading Images, Critical Information: Text & Image
Conference Organizer & Respondent | November 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