Robyn Farrell is Curatorial Assistant in the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Art Institute of Chicago, where she assists with the annual one-person focus exhibition series, permanent collection presentations, special exhibitions, and programs the Donna and Howard Stone Gallery for Film, Video, and New Media.
Previously, Farrell was Assistant Director at Donald Young Gallery (Chicago) and Program Assistant for Conversations at the Edge (CATE), a weekly screening series organized by The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, in collaboration with the Video Data Bank, and the Gene Siskel Film Center. Her research interests include emerging disciplines of media art, artist networks, and the history of exhibition and distribution of film and video. Farrell has spoken widely on contemporary art and time-based media at institutions and conferences including the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, University of Chicago, New York University, and the College Art Association Annual Conference. She has curated exhibitions and screenings locally and nationally, in 2014 Farrell presented the first program of work by television and video art pioneer Gerry Schum at the Graham Foundation in Chicago and Electronic Arts Intermix in New York. Farrell is actively involved in the Chicago art community, serving as board member for Roots and Culture Contemporary Art Center, and Program Advisor for the DINCA Vision Quest Media Arts Festival.