Tempestt Hazel is a curator, writer, artist advocate, and founding editor of Sixty Inches From Center, a Chicago-based online arts publication, archiving initiative, and cultural platform. 

She is a lover of interviews and her writing is sometimes epistolary (in the form of a letter), often personal, and occasionally exists within spaces around central text--dedication pages, footnotes, appendices, and indexes.  In her curatorial practice she frequently uses archives and collections as a starting point to draw connections between a variety of histories and the work of contemporary artists. With Sixty Inches From Center, she advocates for artist legacy-building through arts journalism, storytelling, and ephemera while working to increase awareness, content, and accessibility to the Chicago Artists' Archive of over 10,000 artists.

Tempestt was born and raised in Peoria, Illinois then spent several years drifting through the San Francisco Bay area before moving to Chicago.


Curatorial Projects.
2016   Shared Language: A Community Classroom, Arts Incubator at University of Chicago
2015   Lost In Trans, University of North Texas, Denton, TX
2013   Recess, South Side Community Art Center, Chicago, IL
2013   Tropisms (Diana Gabriel), The Salon Series Projects at FLATS Studios, Chicago, IL
2013   Serenade, Terrain Exhibitions, Oak Park, IL
2012   Locality, Chicago Artists Coalition, Chicago, IL
2012   The Tipping Point of Me and We, Contemporary Arts Council Exhibition, Little Black Pearl, Chicago, IL
2011   The Future’s Past, Black Metropolis Research Consortium Fellowship, Blanc Gallery, Chicago, IL

Collaborative Curatorial Projects.
2015 Forms of Imagination with Paola Aguirre for Chicago Architecture Biennial, Arts Incubator at University of Chicago
2015 Three the Hard Way with Hamza Walker and Camille Morgan, Logan Gallery at University of Chicago
2015 exceptional/respectable with James T. Green, Arts Incubator at University of Chicago
2015 Windy City Breakdown with Ayana Contreras, Arts Incubator at University of Chicago
2015 Sugar Foot Rain Dance with David Leggett, Arts Incubator at University of Chicago

Select Writings.
2017   It Bears Repeating, Jan Tichy's Beyond Streaming Exhibition Essay, Broad Museum
2017   Footnotes for Fragments, Ground Floor Exhibition Essay, Hyde Park Art Center
2016   Meditations on the Poetics of Revolution: A Letter to Kerry James Marshall, Artslant
2015   Augmenting Our Cultural Garden: Interview with Faheem Majeed, Support Networks: Chicago Social Practice History Series, Edited by Abigail Satinsky, University of Chicago Press
2014   To Chicago, With Love, GOOD Magazine, The GOOD Cities Project
2014   Preserving and Activating Local Art Histories, Unfurling: Explorations In Art, Activism and Archiving
2014   For (The things to/we come) To, Dedications for The Shape of Spilled Milk by Matt Austin
2014   On Cecil McDonald, Jr's Domestic Observations and Occurrences, Contact Sheet: Light Work Annual
2013   Beautiful Tension: A Conversation with Natalie Krick, The Coat Check, Exhibition Catalog
2013   A Necessary Shift, The City Gallery, Helen Maurene Cooper Exhibition Essay
2013   Lifework/I’m Not Asking You, I’m Telling You, A writing on E.J. Hill
2010 - 2016 100+ Articles on Sixty Inches From Center
2010 - 2011   20+ Articles on College Arts Association Blog 

Residencies, Awards, etc.
2016    Visiting Critic, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
2016    Banff International Curatorial Intstitute Critical Art Writing Ensemble, Banff Centre
2016    Ragdale Foundation Residency, Susan Tillett Fellowship
2013    Southside Arts and Humanities Network Board Leadership Program
2012    Contemporary Arts Council Curatorial Award
2011    Chicago Artists Coalition HATCH Residency Curator
2011    University of Chicago's Black Metropolis Research Consortium Fellowship

Talks and Lectures.
2016   The Social Practice That Is Race w/ Anthony Romero + Dan S. Wang, Hyde Park Art Center, Discussion Moderator
2014 The Pulse of Africa: Celebrating 25 Years of the African Arts Festival, Logan Center at University of Chicago, Panel Moderator
2014   Archiving & Amplifying Chicago's Experimental Creativity, Intuit, Panel moderated by Marc Fischer
2014   Preserving and Activating Local Art Histories, Chicago Cultural Center, Panel
2013   Progressive Conversations, University of Chicago, Chicago Art Department, Conversation
2013   Recess: Artist Talk, South Side Community Art Center, Discussion
2013   Gallery Encounters: Diasporal Rhythms, Logan Center For The Arts, Panel
2013   Beyond the Gallery, Filter Photo Festival, Panel Moderator
2013   Gallery Encounters: AfriCOBRA, Logan Center For The Arts, Guest Lecture
2013   Never The Same at the Chicago Artists' Archive, Harold Washington Library, Class Lecture
2013   What is Afro-Surreal?, Marvelous Freedom/Vigilance of Desire, Revisited, Panel Moderator
2012   The Art of Crossing the Street, South Side Community Art Center, Panel
2012   Artist talk with Sam Kirk, Elephant Room Gallery, Inc., Artist Talk
2012   Community Engagement, Revival Bronzeville, Discussion Moderator
2012   Conversation with Photographer Mike Schreiber, Silver Room, Public Interview
2012   Chicago Is Having A Moment, Sullivan Galleries, Panel moderated by Hamza Walker

Affiliations and Committees.
2017    Curatorial Committee, Wabash Arts Corridor
2017    Juror, 50 x 50 Invitational: The Subject Is Chicago, Chicago Cultural Center
2016   Archive Partner, Chicago Artists' Archive at Harold Washington Library, since 2010
2016   Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts Artist-in-Residence Jury
2014   Artist and Curatorial Residency Review Committee, Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
2014   Juror/Curator, Process Exhibition at Water Street Studios
2014   Chicago Home Theater Festival Curatorial Committee
2014   Juror/Curator, 54th Annual Voertman Student Art Exhibition at University of North Texas
2013   Juror, Arts Council of Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts
2013   Mount Curatorial Residency Review Committee, Design Cloud
2013   Individual Artists Grants Review Committee, Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
2013   Application Review Committee, Artists’ Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions (ACRE)
2013   SUB-MISSION Curatorial Committee, The Mission Projects
2011 - 2012  Host Committee, Leadership Advisory Committee at the Art Institute of Chicago


Columbia College Chicago,
Bachelors of Art in Art History and Visual Arts Management, 2010

2014 - 2016
Arts + Public Life at the University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Arts Program Manager, Curator

2012 - 2014
Chicago Artists Coalition, Chicago, IL
Professional Development Manager

2010 - Present
Sixty Inches From Center, Chicago, IL
Executive Director, Founder

2010 - 2012   
Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, Chicago, IL
Chicago Artists Resource Outreach Coordinator

2012 – 2013   
WBEZ, Chicago Public Media, Chicago, IL
Program Manager of Get Archived! Event Series

2011 – 2012   
Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, Chicago, IL
Event Coordinator for Creative Chicago Expo

WBEZ, Chicago Public Media, Chicago, IL
Co-Artistic Director of “What’s Your Art?” Celebrating the Art Centers of Chicago

2010 – 2011   
College Arts Association, Chicago, IL & New York, NY
Writer for the College Arts Association Conference Blog

Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, Chicago, IL
Blog Manager for Studio Chicago