Karlota I. Contreras-Koterbay, MA
Director, Slocumb Galleries
Box 70708, Department of Art & Design
East Tennessee State University
Johnson City, TN 37614
Karlota I. Contreras-Koterbay is an Appalachian-based Filipinx curator, artist advocate and arts administrator. She is gallery director for the ETSU Slocumb Galleries and its satellite venue in Downtown Johnson City, Tipton Gallery. She has organized and curated numerous exhibits both nationally and abroad, juried regional exhibitions and has lectured in the Philippines, Japan and the United States. Contreras-Koterbay graduated with honors from the University of the Philippines with a B.A. in anthropology and an M.A. in art history.
She is former director of the MidSouth Sculpture Alliance, and member of the IKT International Association of Contemporary Art Curators, International Council of Museums, Southeastern College Art Conference, and International Association of Aesthetics. Grant recipient of the Tennessee Arts Commission APS and ABC grants, Hope in Action and Arts Fund of East Tennessee Foundation, Tennessee Craft and SouthArts as well as the Andy Warhol Legacy grant. Contreras-Koterbay received the ETSU Distinguished Staff Award in 2013 and the Jan Phillips Mentoring Award in 2015.
She is Director of the Crafting Blackness Initiative, a five year collaborative research, publication and exhibition series to advance the visibility of Black Craft and African American artists in Tennessee since 1920 up to present. Her BIPOC and diversity art proigramming received numerous awards from the Tennessee Assocation of Museums (TAM).
Image: (c) Charlie Warden, 2016
Other Administrative & Curatorial Support
The Slocumb Galleries are supported by the ETSU Department of Art & Design, an advisory Gallery Committee comprised of select faculty who reviews proposals, the Slocumb Galleries Student Society (SGSS) and the Friends of the Slocumb Galleries whose membership range from volunteers and sponsors from the academic and local communities.
The SG Staff is comprised of graduate and undergraduate students under the Tuition Scholars (TS), Academic Performance Scholars (APS), Federal Work Study (FWS) and the Career and Internship Program.