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Bill Arning

Bill Arning has done everything with contemporary art but make it. As a curator, critic, museum director, advisor, lecturer, grant maker, dealer, gallerist and collector, Bill Arning Exhibitions curatorial project space will give the fullest expression to his vision for what art can do to our hearts, minds and souls.


Tufts University 2007
New York University 1983

Bill Arning Exhibitions 


  • Build or expand your art collection

  • Establish your gallery

  • Lecture on contemporary art issues

  • Author critical texts on art

  • Work with student artists and art historians

Bill Arning is a contemporary art advisor, curator and critic based in Houston, Texas. From 2009-2018 he was the director of the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. Since arriving at CAMH in 2009, he has organized solo exhibitions on Mark Flood, Melanie Smith, Matthew Day Jackson, and the late Stan VanDerBeek. In 2015, along with curator Elissa Auther and the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, he co-organized the survey show Marilyn Minter: Pretty/Dirty. In 2018 Arning co-curated a Cheryl Donegan exhibition with Heidi Zuckerman of the Aspen Arts Museum and is presenting a full Mary Weatherford retrospective with Ian Berry of the Tang Museum entitled Mary Weatherford: Canyon-Daisy-Eden.

Recent commercial gallery exhibitions include Stonewall 50/50 at 1969 Gallery in New York, Texas Extravagant Drawing at Fiendish Plots, Lincoln, Nebraska, Paulina Peavy/Lacamo and they Call us Unidentified with Andrew Edlin Gallery, Dirty Words Mark Flood Sam Jablon at Mindy Solomon Gallery in Miami, and No Trigger Warnings at Bill Arning Exhibitions at Flatlands Gallery, Houston.

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