Katie Hood Morgan


Katie Hood Morgan is a curator, editor, and producer based in San Francisco, CA. Her creative interests center on multi-faceted, multidisciplinary artist-driven projects and community-building.

She has worked as Assistant Curator and Exhibitions Manager at the San Francisco Art Institute since 2012. In addition to managing curatorial operations and programming for the Walter and McBean Galleries, she oversees SFAI’s Visiting Artists and Scholars lecture series and a weekly-rotating student exhibition venue, the Diego Rivera Gallery. In this role she has organized over a dozen major exhibitions, several of which have been accompanied by catalogs which she has edited or overseen. Highlights include "Mariana Castillo Deball: Feathered Changes, Serpent Disappearances" (2016), SFMOMA On-the-Go exhibition "Doug Hall: The Terrible Uncertainty of the Thing Described" (2015), and "ENERGY THAT IS ALL AROUND: Mission School: Chris Johanson, Margaret Kilgallen, Alicia McCarthy, Barry McGee, Ruby Neri" (2013).

Previously, Katie served as Assistant Curator at the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts where she organized the 82-artist group exhibition When Attitudes Became Form Become Attitudes (2012), also contributing to the exhibition catalog. The exhibition included several new commissions and travelled to the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit.

Katie was Director of the artist-run Adobe Books Backroom Gallery in San Francisco from 2009-2012, where she curated exhibitions by Parker Ito (2010), David Horvitz (2011), Colter Jacobsen (2011), and Zina Al-Shukri (2012), among others. She was Registrar and Gallery Assistant at Braunstein/Quay Gallery from 2006-2008. She holds a MA in Curatorial Practice from California College of the Arts, San Francisco, and a BFA in the History of Art and Visual Culture from UC Santa Cruz. Morgan has contributed to programming and curatorial projects at institutions including the Oakland Museum of California, the M. H. de Young Museum, SFMOMA, and the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art.

I was recently a 2016 Visiting Curator at ACRE in Steuben, Wisconsin, where I conducted studio visits, participated in a panel discussion on arts organizing, and staged a conversation on the subject of solitude as a creative force.

Assistant Curator and Exhibitions Manager
Walter and McBean Galleries, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
November 2012 – present

Assistant Curator
CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, San Francisco, CA
January 2012 – January 2013

Curator / Director
Adobe Books Backroom Gallery, San Francisco, CA
July 2009 – October 2012

Curatorial Intern
Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA
June 2009 – September 2010

Visitor Services Aide
M. H. De Young Museum, San Francisco, CA
May 2006 – June 2009

Gallery Assistant and Registrar
Braunstein/Quay Gallery, San Francisco, CA
March 2006 – August 2008

Photography Department Curatorial Intern
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
June – August 2006

Performing Arts Intern
Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams, MA
September – December 2005

Visiting Curator, ACRE Residency (forthcoming)
Steuben, WI, July 2016

MA, Curatorial Practice, California College of the Arts
(Merit Scholarship 2008-2019)
San Francisco, CA, May 2010

Alternative Exposure Grant, Southern Exposure
For Adobe Books Backroom Gallery
San Francisco, CA
Fall 2009

BA, History of Art and Visual Culture, University of California, Santa Cruz
May 2005