Ian Carstens is a filmmaker/curator from the Mississippi River Valley in eastern Iowa. With a BA in Art Theory and Criticism from Luther College, he is the lead curator/filmmaker for GlassBreakfast.com, a project he started in 2018. Ian has worked for more than eight years in academic libraries, has held multimedia positions in both higher education and art-house cinemas, has taught integrated art curriculum, and has held a diversity of roles in the nonprofit sector. He currently lives and works in southern Indiana.
Abattoir Gallery, at 4th and Rogers streets in Bloomington, will exhibit across mediums while maintaining a safe space for LGBTQ+, Black, and brown people, says its lead curator, Gnat Bowden. Writer Ian Carstens attended the soft opening and says Abattoir “is an open door to the streets of Bloomington to challenge its anti-Black, anti-LGTBQ+ realities.” Click here to read about Abattoir Gallery.
‘Paper Pavilions’ is a group exhibition of Midwestern artists, showing virtually and physically at the 411 Gallery in Columbus, Indiana. Curated by Sean Starowitz, the City of Bloomington’s assistant director for the arts, the exhibition allows artists to set the tone for the future of public art. Click here to read a review from writer and photographer Ian Carstens.