Art Nerd City Guides: New York · Los Angeles

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Art Nerd City Guides cover cool, hidden, and unique art and art history. From where artists lived, partied and died, public art works and the stories behind them, private installations for public consumption, historical sites full of secrets, and many things that you’ve never noticed before but stare you in the face daily. Written with approachability and wit, each entry is not only a good read, but also a well researched insight into each incredible city!

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The first city guide, Art Nerd New York started out as a humble tumblog in late 2010, a bonafide website in late 2011, and an official launch party event at the Tribeca Grand Hotel in March 2012.  Art Nerd has been mentioned by PMc MagazineWarholianThe World’s Best EverArrested MotionGallerist NY, Elle Mexico Magazine, Talking Points Memo & Creem Magazine.  In early 2013, Art Nerd became a content partner with Google’s Field Trip location based mobile app, and grew into Art Nerd City Guides with expanded coverage in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle. Read More



Art Nerd New York was created by Lori Zimmer, a New York-based freelance writer for, Patrick McMullan Magazine,, and ArtSlant.  Zimmer is also a curator and art consultant, having exhibited at heliumcowboy in Germany most recently, Scope New York, Scope Miami, Chashama, Collective Hardware and National Arts Club. She lives and works in Brooklyn, and can often be found walking over the Williamsburg Bridge to Manhattan, jotting down notes of the interesting sites she comes across along the way. She’s also a contributor to the art genome’s new social platform, you can follow her here.

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Lauren-BizDev was created by Lauren Albrecht, Los Angeles-based, freelance Marketing/PR Consultant, WordPress maker, former online marketer, arts grants manager, curator and Chelsea gallery girl.  Her past exhibitions, projects & PR/marketing campaigns have been featured in New York Magazine, Cool Hunting, Artforum,, Village Voice, Wired’s Blog, Crain’s BtoB Marketer, Bloomberg News, City Arts Magazine, Buffalo Spree Magazine, and The Washington Post.  Lauren is and will always be intrigued by the ever-changing intersection of art + technology.

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NYC Team


Ginger Rudolph – I happily admit that I’m an avid art junkie – I take vacations based solely around current art exhibits. My idea of a good time includes being bested by the Louvre and kicked out of the Vatican for sneaking pictures. All this art appreciation prompted me to found the online arts mag + blog, HAHA. Now I stay in on weeknights to edit instead of party.



Liberation Iannillo is a freelance arts and culture writer in New York City. He works as a Social Media Strategist producing blogs, online content and social media campaigns. He previously published Trigger Magazine, a website which focused on the discovery, nurturing and promotion of artists in all mediums. Liberation is a lover of all things art, tech and NYC history. He is a painter and photographer living in the East Village.



Natalie Trainor is an art curator, educator, and writer living and working in New York City. She shares her scope of the world’s cultural pulse via Sharkbiting, a blog for artists, scenesters, collectors and the gallery addicted in NYC.



Lynzy Blair is the founder of Guns and Butter Creative, a creative agency dedicated to guiding the careers of emerging artists.  She dreams of being an art nerd super hero saving the world from the same old same old by bringing under exposed talent to the forefront for all to enjoy.  She is delighted to be given the opportunity obsess openly via the ArtNerd mother ship.



John Joseph works as an archives consultant at the Winthrop Group in New York City and has a Masters in Library and Information Science from Pratt Institute. He lives in Brooklyn and often roams the city for hours in search of the relics of the city’s literary history. In 2010 he co-led a Greenwich Village literary walking tour for a conference on Whitman and the Beats at St. Francis College, and will give impromptu walks if you’re up for it.

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Cady Lang is a journalism and art history student at Ithaca College, where her work has been featured in award-winning campus publications like the Ithacan and Buzzsaw Magazine. She has also worked with Condé Nast, Elle Magazine, Racked NY, Fairchild Fashion Media, Creem, and Diablo Magazine. She is devoted to art, culture, and brunch.

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Lydia Barry Kutko is thrilled to finally have a place to publicly obsess about art. Though she is a New York art consultant and co-founder of Artnod, she just might say her future is modeling totes, pins and other #artnerd flair! We look forward to Lydia’s Obsession confessions.


Chicago Team


Determined to be an artist at a very young age, Tara’s dreams were crushed after realizing she was actually pretty bad at painting, drawing and photography. Instead of making art, she pursued a career in museums, completing a master’s degree in arts management at the University at Buffalo and working in events and corporate relations at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, NY.  New to the Chicago-area, she is excited to explore the city’s vibrant contemporary art scene, and hopes to one day return to the Venice Biennale. Tara works at the Chicago History Museum as Auxiliary Group Coordinator.

Email: tara [at]

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Recently leaving New York to work the international art fair circuit, Rachel is a born and breed NY’er transplanted to Chicago. She is currently attending grad school at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is inspired by urban space and the punk aesthetic.  She is excited to have a place to publicly explore the Chicago and the array art scenes that live in each neighborhood.


Amy Krafft is currently an Event Coordinator at the Chicago History Museum and has an MA in Museum Professions from Seton Hall. Previously Krafft has also worked at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York and the Museum of the City of New York. A mover and shaker at heart, she loves exploring what’s going on in the art world and never says no to champagne.


Kara Khan is an independent curator and a bit of a Japanophile. She has won four lifetime achievement awards. Yes, four. Kara recently enrolled as a graduate student at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago. She is looking forward to exploring the Chicago art scene and happy to have a place to share her findings.

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Savannah Wisham is a Graphic Design student at Columbia College Chicago. She’s lived in Chicago for a year now but was born and raised in East Tennessee. She loves exploring the city, trying to find the world’s best cupcake, digging through thrift stores, and riding her bike. She has a screen print collection and is constantly on the look out for a new gallery opening where she can collect some more.




Los Angeles Team


Robin has a passion for patterns + bold graphics. As a graphic/surface designer and fine artist she has exhibited internationally. Last year she followed the winds of the universe to Los Angeles and now lives happily in a tree fort overlooking the city she loves to traverse and climb to secret places nobody would ever find by car.



Amy K. Spain manages a contemporary art gallery in Laguna Beach and is one half of a boutique graphic design studio. Having obtained a classical art education, she becomes visibly giddy when her interest in conceptual artwork is executed with attention to formal elements. Like most southern Californians, she spends a great deal of time in her car. She willfully braves the freeways on a regular basis to see Los Angeles’ best and brightest exhibitions.

StacyCondeANLAStacy is a displaced Indiana Hoosier who spent her early years riding in vans with bands while working for the best indie record labels in Chicago (at that time). She’s been a New Yorker (twice), a Londoner (briefly), a desert dweller and an Angeleno (three times now). She worked for Damien Hirst for a short time and returned triumphantly from the Station to Station tour with uber-artist Doug Aitken.  She represents an insanely talented group of jewelry designers: Nina SavillMiki Tanaka and Pade Vavra; a visual artist: Philip Lumbang;  a visionary bunch of musicians; and she run an arts non-profit, ART from the Ashes.



Nina came to Los Angeles by way of NYC, where she owned a fine art gallery for several years. After opening an art space in Culver City and being the director there for 3 years, Nina happily moved to the non-profit world and is now at the core of 501(c)(3) ART from the Ashes, curating and producing benefit art exhibitions. Nina remains in awe of the LA landscape and extols the wonders of its burgeoning art scene. She’s also a jewelry designer and can often be found wearing an optivisor and hammering away in her studio in LA’s downtown arts district. Basically, always an art nerd in one way or another.


San Francisco Team


Ashley Gardini clearly remembers the day she realized being an art historian was an actual career – and she hasn’t been disappointed since. Ashley has worked for a variety of galleries and museums in the Bay Area, including the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and is always looking for new outlets to teach and write about art. She is also the co-founder of the St. Gardini Society, an ideas consortium. Her favorite conversation topics include Italian Futurism, sloths and Olafur Eliasson.

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Lindsey is a freelance arts journalist currently writing for Huffington Post’s Social Impact. She moved from Alabama to NYC to study Journalism and Art History at New York University, and now she spreads art online through her blog things worth describing. She’s written for Switzerland’s artcollector magazine, Rooms Magazine in London, and Artscope Magazine in Boston.



Sarah Dragovich has a masters in Art History and is the Gallery Administrator at the San Jose Institute of contemporary Art. She has conducted research all over Italy and the US and presents her findings at conferences like the Renaissance Society of America. In her free time Sarah likes covering events and exhibitions for Art Nerd and exploring hidden art gems in her city.



Jud Bergeron is a Bay Area sculptor residing in San Francisco, his sculpture has been exhibited throughout the world.  Bergeron works in myriad styles and materials but generally gravitates towards permanent materials such as bronze, stainless steel and mild steel. Jud has been awarded public art commissions in a number of cities around the country and his sculpture has been in museum shows and is included in many important private collections.


Seattle Team


Elissa Favero first fell in love with contemporary art as an assembly of Louise Bourgeois eye benches was installed outside her freshman-year dorm room at Williams College. After a stint at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., she moved west for graduate studies in art history at the University of Washington. Museum education is her bread and butter, and Elissa has worked as an art and environmental educator at SAM and currently volunteers as an exhibition guide at the Henry Art Gallery. You can check out Elissa’s essays about art, architecture, and landscape at Yellow Umbrella.



Jeremy Buben is a Seattle based writer interested in visual and performing arts.  Often his weekly schedule includes several trips to local museums and art galleries, as well as to a variety of art related events with more than likely unexpected outcomes. Jeremy’s writings on current art exhibits, museum shows, and happenings can be found on his own arts & culture blog LeDandysme and on Vanguard Seattle.



Sharon Arnold is a Seattle-based curator, writer, and founder of Bridge Productions/LxWxH Gallery, an exhibition space focusing on contemporary art in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. She studied at Pratt Institute in New York and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Cornish College of the Arts, focusing on sculpture, art history, and philosophy. Ms. Arnold writes for her art blog Dimensions Variable, and has written for City Arts Magazine as well as various independent art publications. When she doesn’t have her face pressed up against a work of art, Sharon is often found jetting through the streets of Seattle on her shiny black motorcycle.



Amanda Manitach is a visual artist, curator at Seattle University’s Hedreen Gallery and frequently writes about art for online and print publications.


Nerdin’ Around Contributors


Leslie Jones lives and works in Washington, D.C., as a curator and public programming developer. She’s an old soul with a modern mind, taking interest in everything from a Thomas Affleck easy chair to Olek’s crochet work… wait, she’s on to something. Currently, Leslie has a thing for doors in Georgetown.



Monica Salazar is the Founding Director of Berlin Art Link, a Berlin-based online contemporary art magazine with a focus on documented studio visits, as well as a boutique production company. An avid traveler with an expansive network in art, music and film, her concept for the company originated from her interest in bridging her body of professional experience with her passion for contemporary art.


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