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Kristen Chiacchia

Second Street Gallery
Executive Director and Chief Curator
Charlottesville, Virginia
Executive Director and Chief Curator of Charlottesville, VA-based Second Street Gallery (a 501(c)3 art space), Kristen Chiacchia has been collaborating with high profile American and international art collectors for nearly 20 years. Prior to joining Second Street Gallery, Chiacchia served as Director at Edward Tyler Nahem Fine Art in New York, where she organized exhibitions of work by Ed Ruscha, Joan Mitchell, Hew Locke, Andres Serrano, Farideh Lashai and a number of Abstract Expressionist Masters. During her more than 13 years with ETNFA, she was also instrumental in securing the gallery’s participation in a number of international art fairs including the Art Basel fairs in Switzerland, Miami Beach, and Hong Kong, as well as ARCO Madrid and Abu Dhabi Art. Chiacchia received her BA in the History of Art & Architecture from the University of Pittsburgh. She earned her MA in Modern and Contemporary Art: Critical and Curatorial Studies at Columbia University. She also completed a Certificate in Appraisal Studies in Fine and Decorative Arts at New York University.


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