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 freelance writer for Patrick McMullan MagazineArtFetch,, 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.

Email: lori [at]



The site was created by Lauren Albrecht, freelance Marketing Consultant, WordPress designer/developer, former social + digital media 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, Hubspot’s Blog, Bloomberg News, Seattle Times, City Arts Magazine, Buffalo News, Buffalo Spree, and the Washington Post. Lauren is and will always be intrigued by the ever-changing intersection of art + technology.

Email: lauren [at]


Seattle Art Nerd Contributors


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.


Interested in writing for us? We’re always interested in meeting new contributors that love art history and Seattle. Email for more information.