Leonie Bradbury, Ph.D. is an art historian, scholar and curator of contemporary art. She is the Director of Art and Creative Initiatives at HUBweek, a Boston-based innovation festival that explores intersections of art, science, and technology and their social impact.
Bradbury has curated over a hundred exhibitions of contemporary art that explore wide-ranging topics ranging from formal issues to more conceptual topics including feminism, biotechnology and data networks. Many of her projects provide critical and social commentary through the lens of art. She has showcased the works of many well-known artists including Jenny Holzer, Julie Mehretu, Matthew Ritchie and Wangechi Mutu. She is passionate about creating platforms for artists to share their work and ideas and believes artworks generate their own theories.
Bradbury holds a BA in Art History specializing in Art Nouveau from the University of Minnesota. She earned a MA in the History of Art from specializing in 20th Century Art Theory and Criticism at Boston University. In 2018, she completed a Ph.D. in Philosophy, Art Theory and Aesthetics at the Institute for Doctoral Studies in Visual Art, Portland, ME.
Recent publications include: “Franklin Evans: A Moment of Complexity” in Franklin Evans: Juddrules, by Montserrat College of Art (2015), and “Infinite Reflection” in Kelsey Brookes: Psychedelic Space, by Ginko Press (2015).
Her curatorial programming has a strong socially engaged focus and includes exhibition projects, both solo and group, that feature a range of emerging and established artists of national and international note. Two of her exhibitions have received awards from the Association of International Art Critics (AICA) A New Order: Appropriation Art in the Digital Age (2nd Place, 2006) and Electric Wasteland: Urban Art from L.A. (1st Place, 2008). She has produced numerous essays, catalogues, and texts.