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Lorena La Grassa

Experienced Art District Coordinator, Visual Artist, Art Administrator and Curator

Art & Craft

Chicago, United States

Lorena La Grassa is the former Valley Arts District Coordinator and ValleyArts Inc. Executive Director, La Grassa started her career as art administrator for the Taranto Gallery and business (NYC) in 1998. La Grassa first assignment was PR and marketing for the photography gallery and the Taranto business’ publication. Six months later she was promoted director of the same gallery until 2000 curating and coordinating over 20 exhibitions with one or multiple locations creating collaborations with other galleries in the NYC area and with foreign cultural councils and institutions such as the Italian Cultural Council, the French Council and the Deutsches Haus at the NYU. Her work as artist, director and curator has been reviewed in several national and international publications. In 2008 La Grassa started her work as a consultant and volunteer for the non-profit organization called HANDS in New Jersey coordinating “Uncharted Territory” the first contemporary art exhibition for the Valley Arts District in 2009. Several months later she gave life to the first edition of the annual Open Studio Stroll a community art event that takes place in the Valley in collaboration with local organizations, business and artists. In 2010 she started to work full time as coordinator for the Valley Arts District and Executive Director of ValleyArts Inc. She has been a member of the West Orange Arts Council and between 2009 and 2010 she had also devoting time as independent curator for the New Jersey Arts Incubator organization in West Orange. During her three years of working in the Valley Arts District in West Orange, NJ, La Grassa has curated and coordinated over 40 art events and initiatives including contemporary art exhibits, studio strolls, sculpture gardens, multiple sites exhibits,community art events and place making initiatives.
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Executive Director/Coordinator

ValleyArts Inc.  |  United States

January, 2010 - January, 2012 (2 Years )

Organized, managed and curated over 34 indoor and outdoors art events with over 100 artists. Associated activities of day-to-day operations included fundraising, communications, planning, volunteerism, advocacy, research, program management and design. Connected the arts to community goals and engaged the necessary partners to form meaningful platforms of engagement. Developed close collaborations with executive board members that included both development and strategic planning. Designed and implemented marketing and PR campaigns and press releases. Secured event insurance preparation, Successfully designed and implemented the first membership for the Valley Arts organization and developed partnerships between Valley Arts, local organizations and local business. Managed internships and residencies for artists. Volunteers, intern recruitment and training. http://watch.njtvonline.org/video/2195367836/?fref=pb&hc_location=profile_browser"" target="_BLANK">" target="_BLANK">http://watch.njtvonline.org/video/2195367836/?fref=pb&hc_location=profile_browser" target="_BLANK">"" target="_BLANK">http://watch.njtvonline.org/video/2195367836/?fref=pb&hc_location=profile_browser" target="_BLANK">http://watch.njtvonline.org/video/2195367836/?fref=pb&hc_location=profile_browser



New Jersey Arts Incubator  |  United States

November, 2009 - December, 2010 (1 Year 1 Month)

Six contemporary art exhibits. Artist recruitment and research. Developing themes and related literature for each exhibit, Responsible for selecting artists and artwork. Responsible for design and installation of each exhibit. Designed all announcements and other marketing material for each exhibit. Art sales, supervised interns and volunteers. Open calls writing. Contract writing for all selected artists. Membership development. Coordination of all opening and closing reception.Curators of exhibitions. Projects: Terra exhibit, 4W exhibit, Peripheral Field, Incubation, Contemporary Tribal Markings

Event Coordinator

Valley Arts  |  United States

July, 2009 - October, 2009 (3 Months)

Valley Arts District Open Studio Stroll. With over 35 artists in 18 different public and private sites, Coordinated and curated the first Open Studio Stroll for the Valley Arts District involving 28 different locations with art displays, organizing art workshops, art based demonstrations and community involving activities. Volunteers, interns’ recruitment and training, Marketing and PR for the event, sponsors recruitment and relationship with Orange and West Orange municipalities.

Event Coordinator/ Sight Specific Projects Co Director

OUALIE ART / HANDS, Inc.  |  United States

January, 2009 - July, 2009 (6 Months)

Uncharted Territory exhibition coordinator www.sightspecificprojects.com Orange, NJ. Securing major funding, event coordinator, Press releases. Media and other sponsors outreach. Exhibition site preparation. Donations outreach. Coordinate Exhibit installation and deinstallation. Township permits. Coordination of opening and closing reception.

Guest Curator

Deutsches Haus, NYU  |  United States

October, 2001 - November, 2001 (1 Month)

Deutsches Haus, NYU Guest Curator for “Bankfurt” FineArt Photography exhibition by Horst Schafer

LLG Studio
January 2000 – Present

Gallery Director

Taranto  |  United States

May, 1997 - June, 2000 (3 Years 1 Month)

Over 20 fine-art photography exhibits. Artist recruitment and research. Developing themes and related literature for each exhibit, Responsible for selecting artists and artwork. Responsible for design, installation and deinstallation of each exhibit, Art sales, Partners outreach. Press releases and media outreach. Nurturing collectors relationships, assisting artists and maintaining mailing lists.

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Workshop-Strategic Planning

Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation-United States

United States

2011 - 2011


Certificate, Board Leadership Institute program--

Seton Hall University-United States

United States

2010 - 2010


Certificate, Nonprofit Financial Management--

Seton Hall University-United States

United States

2010 - 2010



Universita' La Sapienza, Rome-United States

Rome, United States

1993 - 1994 (1 year)


Bachelor- Photography

Istituto Europeo di Design-United States

United States

1990 - 1993 (3 year)



Università degli Studi di Palermo-United States

United States

1989 - 1990 (1 year)

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