Eyeist: Ariel Shanberg

Ariel Shanberg
Independent Curator

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The Center for Photography at Woodstock

Executive Director

Publishing, Editorial, Curation/Fine Art, Marketing, Education

Conceptual, Documentary/Photojournalism, Still Life, Landscape, Portraiture, Street, General

Ariel Shanberg is a curator, educator, and writer with over 16 years experience in the not-for-profit sector. Shanberg has played a formative part in the development and exposure of countless ground-breaking artists working in photography and related media today.

From 2003-2015 he was the executive director at the Center for Photography at Woodstock. Under his leadership, CPW received numerous accolades including the 2009 Spotlight Award for significantly altering the landscape of photography from the Lucie Foundation.

In additional to curating dozens of group and solo exhibitions at CPW, Ariel has been invited to organize exhibitions at the Dorsky Museum, FotoFest, the Houston Center for Photography, the Islip Art Museum, Light Factory, and the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center. Ariel has contributed essays on the works of various photographers for monographs and such publications as "Aspect: The Chronicle for New Media Art", "Contact Sheet", "European Photography", "Exposure", "Nueva Luz", and "Photograph".

He has served as a panelist for numerous individual artist grants and institutional awards including those provided by Arts Mid-Hudson Light Work, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Silver Eye. As frequent portfolio reviewer he has provided personal guidance to countless image-makers at such events as FotoFest, Photolucida, Photo Expo, Rhubarb Rhubarb, and at SPE Conferences.

Shanberg has also lectured on a range of topics including professional practice and current voices in the field as an invited speaker at Bard College, Bucknell College, FIT, Parsons School of the Arts, Rutgers University, SVA, SUNY New Paltz, Syracuse University, and University of the Arts.

Additionally, he serves as an Advisory Board member for the Center for Photography at Woodstock and En Foco, and is a member of the Society for Photographic Education' Board of Directors.


“Without question, Ariel is among the most talented and insightful directors of mid-size photography centers - (When ever) I try to recommend that people see him, Ariel always seems to have met them first. And shown them. ”
George Slade (Minneapolis, MN)