Angella d’Avignon

curriculum vitae

Writer, Editor, Copyeditor / Creative Strategist
Brooklyn, NY / Southern California / Remote

Professional Experience

Writer, Copyeditor, Content Strategist | Jan 2010 - present

Degree Critical, School of Visual Arts
Managing Editor | Jan 2019 – May 2020

Writer, Content Strategist | Jan 2016 –  June 2019

University Art Museum, California State University Long Beach
Curatorial Research Assistant | Aug 2016 - Dec 2016

Jenny Holzer Studio 
Proofreader | May 2015

Helmuth Projects
Project Coordinator | Sept 2011 – Aug 2015

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
Curatorial Research Assistant, Visitor Services Representative | June 2014 - June 2015

San Diego Museum of Art
Gallery & Event Attendant | Nov 2013 – Aug 2015

Chaffee Estate Services
Executive Assistant | Aug 2012 – Aug 2013
Associate Recruiter | June 2011– May 2012

The Linkery, El Take it Easy
Events and Social Media Manager (Seasonal)  | April 2011–Sept 2011

The New Childrenʼs Museum
Museum Guide | Mar 2009-Oct 2010
Features Writer and Entertainment Blog Manager | Sept 2007-Sept 2008


School of the Visual Arts
Sept 2018 - May 2020 — New York, NY
Master of Fine Arts, Art Writing & Criticism

California State University, Long Beach
Sept 2015 - May 2018 — Long Beach, CA
Bachelor of Art, Art History, Minor in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies

San Diego Mesa College
Sept 2012 - May 2015 — San Diego, CA
Associate of Art, Art History with Museum Studies & Exhibition Skills certificate

Joshua Wilderness Institute
Sept 2004 - May 2006 — Hume Lake, CA

Community & Non-Profit Volunteer Work

Habitat House
Curation, Events manager | 2010-2012

Staff Writer, News & Profiles, Events editor | 2010-2012

So Say We All
Board Member | 2009-2011
Advisory Board Member | 2011-2013


Liminal Potato House, DIRT
Affirmation memes for millennial dreams, DIRT
On Tenderness, The Smudge Vol. 5, Issue 2

They Live Alone in Ghost Towns, New York Times Styles (Thursday print edition)
A Review of: "Death in Her Hands by Ottessa Moshfegh", for The Believer
Distancing #29: Fading Frontier, The Believer Logger
On Being "Wrong": An Ode to John Baldessari, Degree Critical
Review: (LA in NY) Mike Kelley at Hauser & Wirth, Carla 19
On Corn Society or Uncle Bobby's Mystical Journey, The Smudge Vol. 4, Issue 8

Ghost Towns of Instagram, The Baffler
Holy Water, The Smudge, Vol. 3, No. 9, Tan & Loose Press
The Mortician and the Murderer, TOPIC Stories
To Be Real, The Baffler
Location Not Found, Real Life Magazine
Review: (LA in NY) Catherine Opie at Lehmann Maupin, Carla 15
In Conversation with Pamela Ramos, Degree Critical
How Close to Reality is Velvet Buzzsaw's Depiction of the LA Art World?, i-D

There it is, Drink It, The Smudge Vol 2. No. 12, Tan & Loose Press (L.A. in NY) Eckhaus Latta: POSSESSED at the Whitney, Carla 14
The Price is Wrong, The Baffler Los Angeles Gallery Takes Down Exhibition After Anti-Gentrification Protest, Hyperallergic
The Joker: The Art World’s Best Patron, GARAGE Magazine
Neighbors Converge and Share Their Memories Around a Public Art Project in LA, Hyperallergic Inspired by the Story of a Women’s Sanitarium, a Book Explores Mental Health as a Feminist Issue, Hyperallergic
Tanya Brodsky, Women Artists Issue 5
Decoding the Whitney’s Art Haul, GARAGE Magazine
Union at Cal State Long Beach Leaks Email from Fired Museum Director, Revealing Divisive Perspectives, Hyperallergic
A Concise Guide to LA’s Outdoor Art Spaces, from a Pool to a Garage, Hyperallergic
Los Angeles: The City of Dreams and Sprawling Art Book Fairs, GARAGE Magazine
Seth Bogart's Feelin Fruity is Bringing a Punk Aesthetic to TV, Vulture for New York Magazine Perennial Bloom: Florals in Feminism and Across L.A., Carla 12
Review: Oren Pinhassi at Skibum MacArthur, Carla
Review: Angie Jennings at Abode Gallery, Carla
How to Write About the Richest Artist in the World, The Smudge, Vol 2. No. 5, Tan & Loose Press These Surreal Paintings Embody L.A.’s Hedonism and Spirituality, Artsy
Interview with Artemisa Clark, Art Practical
Exclusive: Watch Damien Hirst at Work on His New "Veil Paintings", GARAGE Magazine
This Joyful Video of Women Laughing Sends a Strong Feminist Message, Artsy
Review: Nevine Mahmoud at M+B Los Angeles, Carla 11

The Power Suit’s Subversive Legacy, The Atlantic
“Car Culture” Takes on New Meaning in This Mobile Gallery, Garage Magazine (Vice)
Review: Tactility of the Line at Elevator Mondays, Carla 10
Review: Conceding, our eyes shift at Basement Projects, Carla
Review: Jessica Williams at SADE, Carla
Review: El eje del mal at Ruberta, Carla
To Live and Fade in LA, OpenSpace (SFMOMA), Fall, 2017
Review: Broken Language at Shulamit Nazarian, Carla 9
Meet Big Sal, Jewelry District Security Guard, Historian and Ghostbuster, LA Weekly
Review: Camille Schefter at NowSpace, Carla
Here's What Little Girls Are Made Of, TOPIC STORIES (with Ilona Szwarc & Audrey Hope) Tryouts for the Human Race, curatorial text for AnthroMorphoCene, Bread&Salt
Review: The Dick Pic Show at Chimento Contemporary, Carla
Review: Flowerland, Tucker Nichols at Charlie James Gallery, Carla
Review: PARATEXTUAL at Samuel Freeman Gallery, Carla
Weird Rain at Garden LA, Carla
John Early has taken to LA like a Scientologist to a Celebrity Centre, L.A. Weekly
Not Driving in California, The Smudge #5 with Tan & Loose Press
Nazi Chic: The Style That Just Won't Go Away, Fascist Fashion, Medium
Lady in Red: Soviet Style and Communist Dress, Fascist Fashion, Medium
Alta Moda: The Italian Nationalist Silhouette, Fascist Fashion, Medium
All Black Everything: History of the Italian Blackshirts, Fascist Fashion, Medium
Review: Apollo on Earth at HILDE, Carla
Review: Weightless Again: Kathleen Ryan at Ghebaly Gallery, Carla

Review: Slippery When Wet at GAIT, Contemporary Art Review Los Angeles
A Brief History of Women’s Housing in Los Angeles, The Atlantic’s CityLab
Going with the Flow: Los Angeles’s First Biennial, Public Art Review Magazine
Review: Figure as Form at ltd Los Angeles (Hollywood Hills House), Contemporary Art Review Los Angeles I Waited Until I was 30 to Go to College. Best Decision Ever., Post Everything, The Washington Post Review: LET LOVE BURN IN ALL THE LAMPS at Ms Barbers, Contemporary Art Review Los Angeles Review:  Marwa Abdul-Rahman at Museum as Retail Space, Contemporary Art Review Los Angeles Review: Hannah Boone, Aria Dean, Merideth Hillbrand at Club Pro Los Angeles, Contemporary Art Review Los Angeles
A Quick and Dirty History of Virginity, The Establishment
Late Superbloom, Notes on Looking
Cities May Alienate Women, But “Hypersolitude” Is a Way to Reclaim Lost Space, How We Get To Next
Pretty in Pink: How a Color Came to Represent a Gender, Broadly VICE
A Woman Shorn: The Disruptive History of the Female Shaved Head, Broadly VICE

Review: Sarah Cain at Honor Fraser, Contemporary Art Review Los Angeles

Blogger in Residence, Carets & Sticks, Cult Crafts of Summer

Writer in Residence, Wandering Bears UK


A Nomadic Art Museum: Black Cube 2015 – 2020, Forward, December 2020
Catlady: A Love Letter to Woman and Their Cats, Leah Reena Goren, Prestel, April 2020

Clocks of Los Angeles (with Megan Mueller), Fulcrum Press, March 2019

The Far East: Everything Just As It Is, Creative Catalyst Program, Spring 2010

Readings and Panels

Miss Manhattan: In Exile Reading Series (Remote)

Panel moderator, Black Cube Nomadic Museum book launch (Remote)

To Live and Fade in LA, E.M. Wolfman Books (Oakland, CA)
Having a La Croix with You, Santa Fe Art Colony (Vernon, CA)

Late Superbloom, Visitor Welcome Center (Los Angeles, CA)

Residencies & Intensives

Artist-in-Residence, The Courts, Anza Borrego, CA.

Meditations in an Emergency: Writing About Art in New York City, with Jarrett Earnest, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY.

Chloe Caldwell x Spruceton Inn Workshop, West Kill, New York.

Awards & Grants

First Pages Prize for Fiction, Long Listed

Departmental Merit Scholarship, School of Visual Arts, Art Writing MFA

Awesome Foundation Grant for Clocks of Los Angeles with Megan Mueller

First Place Student Winner for College Newspapers Reviews: Other Excellence in Journalism Awards,  San Diego Press Club

Third Place, Critical Review, Journalism Association of Community Colleges Conference

First Place Creative Nonfiction, San Diego City College Literary Works

Curatorial & Catalogue

A Perfect Ocean, or A Losing Guide to Beachcombing for “Chantal Wnuk: I Dream of a Perfect  Ocean, I Dreamt of Stepping in a Hole” at Best Practice, San Diego, CA.

Etymology of a Ghost, for “Joe Yorty: The Ghost I Love the Most” at  Southwestern College Gallery, San Diego, CA.

GLAMFA (Greater Los Angeles Master's of Fine Art), California State University, Long Beach SUPERSTAR, for “Andy Ralph: Idle Cure & The Deep Tissue” at New Release, Small Editions, New York City, NY.

Having a Coke with You, Claire Loder, Kim Westfall, Chantal Wnuk, & Nihura, Helmuth Projects Just a Little Bit Longer, Spring Valley Swap Meet, disclosed unLocation

Phantom Gardens, Fortified Cities (Monuments), Helmuth Projects
Endless Summer IV, George’s Auto Shop (You Are Here)

The Strawberry Thief: New Work by Colin Tuis Nesbit and Bill Conger, Helmuth Projects
Endless Summer III, 3rdspace
Stay: Reinterpreting the Token, Helmuth Projects
So Say We All Best of Showcase, Habitat House

Morgan Mandalay: The Sun Hung Low or A Question Loomed, Habitat House
Endless Summer Vol. II, Habitat House
The Slow Supper, University of California San Diego, Mandeville Center

Endless Summer, Suture Loft

Select Bibliography

11 Creatives on Working Through Imposter Syndrome, Working Not Working

Not Your Boo: LA Women Share Their Spookiest Ghosting Stories, Society6 blog

The New Guard, Seth Combs for Riviera Magazine, Art & Power issue
Telegramme Magazine, Issue 7 (Spring/Summer 2014)
Southern California’s Endless Summer: Angella d'Avignon, Holiday Matinee (April 2014)
Angella d'Avignon Examines the Meaning of Stuff, Kinsee Morlan for San Diego City Beat

Season-inspired Art in 'Endless Summer IV', Alex Zaragoza for San Diego City Beat 

The Strawberry Thief, Jamais Vu, and BJM Danse, San Diego City Beat
San Diego's Emerging Art Scene: "Stay: Reinterpreting the Token", Susan Myrland for San Diego Union Tribune