Rob Blackson. Photo by Stephanie Lynn Rogers, courtesy Temple Contemporary.
Rob Blackson has been the director of exhibitions at Temple Contemporary at Temple University's Tyler School of Art since 2011. In 2012, Blackson became an Andy Warhol Curatorial Fellow. Previously serving as curator of public programs at Nottingham Contemporary, the UK's newest public contemporary art center, Blackson worked with numerous universities, artists, and writers to develop an eclectic and discursive program of lectures, screenings, performances, and live events. He also served as curator of BALTIC Center for Contemporary Art, Newcastle/Gateshead, UK, and the University of Sunderland's Reg Vardy Gallery. Blackson has contributed to a variety of catalogs and publications, including Art Journal, Cabinet, and Labyrinth, and he has lectured internationally on issues related to contemporary art practice. Blackson was a principal organizer of the Center-funded public project, Funeral for a Home (2013), and reFORM (2014), a major installation by artist and Pew Fellow Pepón Osorio.