Originally from Sofia, Bulgaria, Natalia Ivanova Mount holds an MBA in Media Management from the Metropolitan College of New York in New York, M.A. in Art Market from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, and a B.A. in Criminal Justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York. Natalia has over twenty years of experience working in the contemporary art field at a number of institutions including MoMA PS1, one of the oldest and largest nonprofit contemporary art institutions in the United States, and the Clocktower, the oldest alternative art project in New York, with its radio station, Clocktower Radio, founded in 2003 as one of the first all-art online museum radio stations in the world.
While at MoMA PS1 and Clocktower, Ivanova worked with international scope of curators, artists, and institutions, and on seminal exhibitions such as the first Greater New Yorkin 2000; the retrospective of painter John Wesley, covering his entire career from 1961-2000; Around 1984: A Look at Art in the Eighties, Disasters of War: Francisco de Goya, Henry Darger, Jake and Dinos Chapman; Body Works: Bruce Nauman, Valie Export, Gabriel Orozco, Joan Jonas, and Louis Bourgouis; Sol LeWitt: Concrete Block; Min Tanaka presents Subject: Heuristic Ecdysis, Santiago Sierra, Person remunerated for a period of 360 consecutive hours, 2000, among others. In 2013, Ivanova was the Associate Director of Research and Archive for the Dale Henry Estate and subsequently, worked in the role of a consultant for the Dale Henry: The Artist Who Left New York retrospective exhibition at Pioneer Works, Center for Art and Innovation in Brooklyn, NY in the Spring of 2014.
Ivanova is the co- founder of FLUX Art Space – a pioneering nonprofit organization that commissions and produces long-term art projects, claiming the intersection of art, technology, and civic engagement. Natalia is also the founder of Redhouse Radio, the first radio station in Central New York, exclusively dedicated to programming in the arts. From 2007 until 2012, Ivanova was the Executive Director of the Redhouse Arts Center, a nonprofit, multi-arts organization dedicated to interdisciplinary works in theatre, music, and the visual arts. In 2010, Natalia launched the first radio station in Central New York, Redhouse Radio, that aired exclusively arts and culture programs. From 2010 until 2012, she served on the Advisory Panel for New York State Council on the Arts’ Theatre Program and prior to that appointment, she co-founded NYSCA’s Upstate/Downstate Theatre and Presenting Programs Initiative with the mission to promote collaborations between small and mid-sized NYC-based producing/presenting organizations and their upstate counterparts.
Natalia is a recipient of The Ewing Marion Kauffman Prize in Entrepreneurship and the 2011 Arts Connect Curator Award. Select presentations at International conferences include: “The Politics of Representation, Displacement and Hybridity in Cultural Production” at Light/Move Festival, Łódź, Poland, 2011; “Situational Technologies Reinvestigated Through Open Network Radio Utilizing Modular Transmission in Urban Areas,” at the Third International Puredata Convention, Sao Paolo, Brazil, 2009.
Ivanova’s select curatorial projects include: The Imagining Post-Capitalism festival in Oakland & San Francisco, CA; The New Situationists exhibition and public program at Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland, CA; LUMEN International Video and Projection Festival, Staten Island, NY; Decadent Eclipse: Marion Wilson, Joro de Boro, Jessica Posner, Daniela Kostova, Michael Burkard, Samantha Harmon in New Orleans and New York City; HOUSE/XAYC: Hybrid Authenticity Under Construction in Syracuse, NY; I Stole It, I Borrowed, I Broke It: 4 Residency Unlimited Artists, with Anne Percoco, Edward Schexnayder, Kate Shaw and Eve K. Tremblay in New York City. Site-specific commissions include “Red String” by Marian van der Zwaan; Red String Lewis Colburn’s The X-Prize and The Herotic Theory of Invention; Matthew Gehring’s From the Bottom of My Heart; Inventory of Terrors, a piano quintet written by Andrew Waggoner for “Open End,” and Blake Carrington’s Topoextension, among others.
In addition to Ivanova’s extensive curatorial and theoretical background and practice in the visual arts, Natalia has curated and produced numerous theatre works, among which are: Tongues Will Wag, written and performed by Mike Daisey and directed by Jean-Michelle Gregory; Lovesong, written by John Kolvenbach and directed by Peter Moller; The Eaten Heart, written & directed by The Debate Society, Evolution, written and performed by Patricia Buckley, directed by Leslie Noble; Intringuilis, written and performed by Carlo Alban and directed by David Anzuelo, co-production with LAByrinth Theatre Company, NYC; Nuit Blanche, an original dance theatre peace by CORPUS; and Radio Play by Reggie Watts & Tommy Smith.
Natalia has also produced sound, music and film programs, such as: ((Audience)) Experimental Cinema & Sound Festival (Cinema for the Eyes & Ears); Art as Politics, screenings of Predictions of Fire and Taking Down a Dictator; The Leading-Edge Series: Contemporary Classical Concerts for Small Audiences with performances by Neil Rolnick, Flexible Music, Sequitur, and Open End; Alva Noto & Byetone; Mellits Consort (USA); Real Quite; Zach Layton & MV Carbon; Loud Objects among others.
In the role of a consultant, Ivanova has worked on numerous strategic and development plans and large-scale fundraising projects with organizations, such as: Residency Unlimited; Studio REV-, Royal Theatre Productions; Ruby Slippers Fundraising; Big Deal Advisory; and the Amoralists Inc., among others. Mount has also taught graduate classes in Business, Art Management and Art History. Last but not least, Mount has developed many innovative online platforms for artistic and cultural exchange, such as Lexicon and Agitka.
Currently, Natalia Ivanova Mount is the Executive Director & Chief Curator of Pro Arts Gallery in Oakland, CA.