Pamela Jean Tinnen is Director | Lead Curator of Kimmel Galleries, a unique cultural destination at the heart of New York University providing space for exemplary public exhibits. Tinnen has curated and organized exhibitions extensively across departments at NYU since 2011. Her tenure has resulted in a program consisting of thoughtful, engaging exhibitions that represent New York University’s wide range of scholarly discourse.
In addition to her role at NYU, Tinnen is Gallery Director for YSP Gallery, representing world renowned ceramic artist Young Sook Park. Ms. Park is widely recognized as the premiere contemporary artist working in the Korean tradition of white porcelain and earthenware clay. Her artwork can be found in the collections of, among others, The Victoria & Albert Museum, The Seattle Museum of Art, The Harvard Museum of Art, The Museum of Fine Art Houston, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The British Museum of Art, and The Asian Art Museum, San Francisco. For decades, she has collaborated with acclaimed artist Lee Ufan; YSP Fine Art is proud to feature Ms. Park’s dynamic vessels in dialogue with these collaborations, and alongside selected painting and sculpture by Mr. Ufan. The gallery is located at 175 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011.
Prior to moving to New York City, Tinnen was Assistant Curator & Art Administrator for the Tom and Mary James/Raymond James Financial Art Collection, in sunny St. Petersburg, Florida. There, she worked directly under the supervision of the Collection’s Curator to develop and maintain the 2500+ works-of-art housed in the home offices of Raymond James Financial. Most notably, Tinnen coordinated programs and daily tours of the Collection for the general public. Her programing efforts created a near constant opportunity to interface with individuals about the importance of public art and the art of collecting. From the collection, a new museum is set to open in early 2018; The James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art will feature important works selected from the massive holdings of Mr. and Mrs. James.
Ms. Tinnen holds an MA in Museum Studies from New York University, and a BA in Literary Criticism from the University of South Florida. Her artistic, academic and curatorial interests engage photography, semiotics, dark tourism and tourism for human remains, hotel-theory, aesthetics and visual culture. In her spare time, Pamela enjoys writing short stories, photographing roadside motels, playing the drums, obsessing over her house plants, listening to records, reading literature from the Lost Generation, and collecting trivial pursuit editions.
Born with both a protestant work ethic and catholic guilt, Pamela is an obsessive hyper-functional described most often as determined, fiercely passionate, and "lacking the ability to experience fear". Lately, she spends a lot of time trying to not screw up in a major way and correct the karmic retributions incurred from the bad behavior of her younger years.
Her CV can be found here.