Quintan Ana Wikswo is a multidisciplinary artist, human rights worker, and organizational leader specializing in strategic planning. Her work has been hailed as “heady, euphoric, singular, surprising” (Publisher’s Weekly) and “a vivid reminder that art no longer serves religion, but is progressively supplanting it in terms of ritual and sanctity” (Hyperallergic). Her projects exist at the nexus of art and social justice, and navigate existential and conceptual questions surrounding how the human body, mind, and psyche can experience, transcend, and transform the societal boundaries that contain us.
Since 1988, Quintan has worked as a strategic planner in the executive administration of arts, human rights, and social service nonprofits throughout the United States, Mexico, the Tohono O’Odham Nation, and Europe. Beginning with the successful design and implementation of a strategic plan for the youth leadership of Amnesty International’s Southern Region, her work continued in local, regional, national, and international $100,000 to $50M organizations with missions covering interdisciplinary arts; gender rights; refugee services; the establishment of safe houses, shelters, and sanctuaries to survivors of human rights abuses; and health services to underserved populations. In addition, she has founded and directed five artist-driven, community-responsive nonprofits in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York City, and Germany.
As an interdisciplinary artist, Wikswo’s work integrates fiction, poetry, memoir and essay with her original photography, performance, and video. Her projects are published, performed and exhibited internationally. Her several books include the collection of photographs and stories The Hope of Floating Has Carried Us This Far (Coffee House Press) and the exhibition catalog Rituals Against Forgetting (Kehrer Verlag). Other work appears in magazines like Tin House, Guernica, and Conjunctions as well as in multiple anthologies, artist books, and exhibition catalogs.
Her projects are exhibited, performed and collected internationally. She has received three major critically-acclaimed solo museum exhibitions at The Berlin Jewish Museum, the Jewish Museum Munich, the Smithsonian-affiliated Center for Jewish History/Yeshiva University Museum. Her work has been featured in several major museum exhibitions, including the Musée d’Art Moderne (France), the Musée des moulages (France), the Museum of Jurassic Technology, and FACT/Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (UK), where her work was reviewed in The Guardian as a Special selection. Her works are held in the collections and archives of the Brooklyn Museum, People for the American Way, and other museum and institutional collections throughout Europe and the United States. Thirty-two of her solo and collaborative performance works are actively presented in diverse venues including (Le) Poisson Rouge, Dixon Place, Bowery Poetry, and St. Marks Church; featuring live narration, video projection, and original music and movement scores by prominent collaborating composers and choreographers.
She holds fellowships from Creative Capital, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Center for Cultural Innovation, and multiple residencies at Yaddo, including the Pollock-Krasner Residency. She currently serves on board committees and in multiple leadership capacities for arts organizations and residencies, including the Millay Colony For the Arts. She maintains a lively visiting artist and teaching practice at NYU, CUNY, Colgate College, California College of the Arts, California State University, and others. Wikswo lives in a former military installation in Brooklyn.