Amanda McDonald Crowley

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Amanda McDonald Crowley
Born Matamata, New Zealand
Nationality Australian
Education Australian National University, Sydney University, College of Fine Art, University of NSW
Known for Curator
Awards Goethe Institute Scholarship; Postgraduate Research Grant, UNSW; Museums Australia Travel Grant; AsiaLink Residency Grant - Sarai, Delhi; Australia Council New Media Art Board Grant; Bogliasco Fellowship

Amanda McDonald Crowley is a New York-based Australian curator and facilitator who has created programs and events of new media art, contemporary art, and transdisciplinary work. She was the Executive Director of Eyebeam from late 2005 to 2011.[1][2]

Amanda has a Bachelor of Arts from Australian National University, double major of Fine Arts and German.

Amanda specializes in creating new media and contemporary art events and programs that encourage cross-disciplinary practice, collaboration and exchange. She moved to New York in October 2005, relocating from her native Australia where she had been based while working nationally and throughout Europe and Asia. Prior to working at Eyebeam, Amanda was executive producer for ISEA2004, the International Symposium for Electronic Arts 2004, held in Tallinn, Estonia and Helsinki, Finland, and on a cruiser ferry in the Baltic sea.

She was Associate Director, Adelaide Festival 2002 and in this position was also co-chair of the working group that curated the exhibition and symposium 'conVerge: where art and science meet'.[3]

From 1995 to 2000 she was Director of the Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT)[4] where she made significant links with science and industry by developing a range of residencies for artists in settings such as science organizations, contemporary art spaces and virtual residencies online; developing cross-disciplinary masterclasses for artists and curators; as well as beginning to establish links with media artists and organizations in Asia.

She previously worked with a range of arts organizations in Australia including the Australia Council for the Arts (the federal government's arts funding and advisory body), Arts Training Australia (conducting research for a multimedia education and training strategy), and Electronic Media Arts Australia (incorporating the Australian Video Festival).

She has done residencies in Berlin, Germany (1994/5), Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada (2002) and at Sarai in Delhi, India (2002/3), regularly speaks at international conferences and festivals, occasionally writes for journals such as Artlink,[5] RealTime, the Sarai Reader,[6] and Art Asia Pacific;[7] and lurks on a lot of media, technology and culture related email lists.[8]

Her contributions to the field of electronic art also include her work as Executive Producer of the 2004 edition of ISEA which was held in Tallinn, Estonia and Helsinki, Finland, and on a cruiser ferry in the Baltic Sea. She was also Director of the Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT) and later, Associate Director of the Adelaide Festival 2002. She has worked throughout Europe and Asia, holding residencies in Berlin, Germany (1994/5), Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada (2002) and at The Sarai Programme at CSDS in Delhi, India (2002/3). Amanda is also a Board member of NAMAC (National Alliance for Media Art + Culture).[9] She currently has a permanent exhibit at the Senior Planet Exhibition Center titled Invisible in Plain Sight.[10]


  1. ^ "Amanda McDonald Crowley |". Retrieved 2017-03-12. 
  2. ^ Cornell, Lauren. "Eyebeam Announces Amanda McDonald Crowley as Executive Director". Rhizome. Retrieved July 24, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Adelaide Festival of Arts | festival, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 2017-03-12. 
  4. ^ "Amanda Crowley - NAMAC Alliance 2016". NAMAC Alliance 2016. Retrieved 2017-03-12. 
  5. ^ "Artlink Magazine | Contemporary Art of Australia and Asia Pacific". Retrieved 2017-03-12. 
  6. ^ "Sarai Reader 03: Shaping Technologies : s a r a i". Retrieved 2017-03-12. 
  7. ^ "ArtAsiaPacific: New Frontiers". Retrieved 2017-03-12. 
  8. ^ Eyebeam Art+Technology Center website.
  9. ^ Amerika, Mark (2007-01-01). Meta/data: a digital poetics. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press. ISBN 0262012332. 
  10. ^ "Invisible In Plain Sight". Amanda McDonald Crowley. 2016-11-16. Retrieved 2017-03-12. 

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