Oshun Layne was born and reared in Brooklyn, NYC with a passion for visual arts and its ability to communicate a sense of inclusiveness across cultures, genders, and generations. Over the last decade, she has developed and nurtured an extensive career in arts leadership that includes institutional, gallery, and non-profit project management experiences. Through arts education, programming, artist development, strategic partnerships, and mentorship, she has been successful in bringing multicultural and multidisciplinary art forms to diverse populations. Most recently, she has carved out her curatorial imprint in museums and galleries regionally, working with scores of local and international artists.
Graduating from Howard University with a Bachelor’s degree in anthropology, Oshun’s educational and professional journey lead to her becoming the Director of Galleries for Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation. In this role, she increased regional audience participation and engagement by supervision of exhibitions and programming in multiple venues such as Rush Arts Gallery in NYC, Corridor Gallery in Brooklyn and Rush Arts Philly in Philadelphia, PA. Prior to Rush, she coordinated arts education programs where she oversaw the administration of educational volunteers, docents and interns for the High Museum of Art in Atlanta.
Her curatorial and arts administration experience has given her the opportunity to work and partner with numerous institutions, which include the American Museum of Natural History, Museum of Contemporary African Diaspora Art (MoCADA), Scope Art Fair, Wassaic Project, Prizm Art Fair, The Barnes Foundation and African American Museum of Philadelphia, to name a few. In 2016, she was selected by the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women Club, Inc. as a Professional Award Honoree. In the same year, Oshun further honed her professional leadership and development when she was chosen to participate in the American Express Leadership Academy.
Oshun is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Urban Policy and Planning with an emphasis on Non-Profit Management at Hunter College. Merging cultural studies, art, and policy, she seeks to create innovative pathways to bridge gaps between urban communities and private interests with a focus on arts awareness, cultural competency, and community partnerships.
When Oshun isn’t spending time advocating for the arts, you can find her at the local comic book store, enjoying time with friends and family, or traveling.