Victoria Bradford, Director
Victoria Eleanor Bradford (b. 1980) is an artist and cultural producer working across the lines of public art, dance, social practice and installation. Originally hailing from the state of Louisiana, she grew up in a household where the main forms of cultural exposure came from attending the Saturday night game,—marching bands, majorettes, the theatre of a 100 yards, and a 90,000 person audience lit by the night sky and stadium lighting. This beginning led Bradford to approach art outside of traditional mediums. Whatever her role, she is driven by the idea that “the most exciting ‘art’ might still be buried in social energies not yet recognized as art” (Lucy Lippard , “Escape Attempts”).
Bradford currently works as Executive and Artistic Director of A House Unbuilt, a non profit organization focused on movement research. She refers to the work she does there as “social choreography,” moving people both physically and conceptually toward greater connectivity. This work relies on collaboration from other artists as well as research institutes, environmental organizations, political organizations, arts organizations, governments and government agencies, individual citizens, and communities at large across the United States.
Most recently, Bradford received the Chicago Dancemakers Forum Lab Artist Award for breakout choreography with her project Relay of Voices, and presented related work at both the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and the Chicago Cultural Center. This work ties back to her origins in Coastal Louisiana and the environmental, political, and cultural dialogue specific to that region and places like it.
Bradford studied visual arts, anthropology, and theology at the University of Notre Dame (BFA) and visual arts and performance and at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (MFA). She has a history in the arts as an organizer, scholar, maker, and administrator, previously founding Poor Pony, a small non-profit that began her public creative practice, then serving as Deputy Secretary for the State of Louisiana’s Department of Culture, Recreation, and Tourism. She was also awarded a Board of Regent’s Fellowship in Comparative Literature at Louisiana State University.
Bradford is now living and working between Chicago and the Twin Cities in anticipation of Relay in 2019.