Courtney Fink is the Executive Director of Southern Exposure in San Francisco, a nonprofit visual arts organization founded in 1974 that supports emerging artists and youth in a dynamic environment in which they can develop and present new work and ideas. Prior to Southern Exposure, Fink worked at the California College of the Arts and Capp Street Project in San Francisco, and Franklin Furnace in New York. For almost 15 years, Courtney has been committed to developing the capacity of visual artists and the systems that support them.

Fink is also a curator and writer and publishes books under the small press she founded, Art Workers Press. She recently co-developed SoEx Off-Site, a major yearlong series of public art projects and the acclaimed exhibitions Practice Makes Perfect: Bay Area Conceptual Craft and The Way We Work all at Southern Exposure. She is also working on co-developing several national arts field-building projects to develop new networks connecting visual arts organizations locally and nationally in partnership with the National Alliance of Media Arts and Culture and the Warhol Foundation. She has served as a juror for Creative Capital, Headlands Center for the Arts, the San Francisco Arts Commission, the San Francisco International Film Festival among many others, and has lectured locally and nationally. Originally from Los Angeles, California, Courtney holds a B.A. in art history and fine arts from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY.

Portland State University’s Art Department offers free public lectures every Monday night of the school year. This is the fifth lecture of the fourth year of the PMMNLS. The PSU MFA Monday Night Lecture Series is supported in part by PICA, Reed College, Lewis and Clark College, and The NW Film Center.