Courtney Fink is an organizer, arts advocate and curator. She is co-founder and executive director of Common Field. From 2002-2015 she was the executive director of Southern Exposure in San Francisco, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting visual artists. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Seed Fund.
As the executive director of Southern Exposure, she led the organization through tremendous transitions and growth. Under her leadership the organization developed a long-term home and successfully realized it’s first ever comprehensive capital campaign. She also supported the organization and production of more then 500 projects and events. She founded the Alternative Exposure Grant Program in partnership with the Warhol Foundation, which has been replicated nationally in more than twelve cities as the Regional Re-granting Program. She established SoEx Off-Site, the organization's public art program, and the Monster Drawing Rally, a live drawing event and fundraiser that is now an open-source model being used by dozens of arts organizations across the country.
She has held positions at California College of the Arts and Capp Street Project in San Francisco, as well as Franklin Furnace in New York. She has lectured nationally and internationally, has juried more then 30 grant and program opportunities, serves as a regular nominator for artist funding programs, and consults with organizations that provide support to artists. She also serves as a consultant to various private art foundations.
For nearly 25 years, Courtney has been dedicated to developing the capacity of artists and the systems that support them. She is committed to working at the vanguard of new ideas and in service of artists whose work is experimental and engaged with the world. In 2012, she co-founded, along with a group of national arts leaders, Common Field, a national network of independent arts organizations and organizers that connects, supports, and advocates for the artist-centered field.
Originally from Los Angeles, California, Courtney holds a B.A. in art history and fine arts from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY. She lived in the San Francisco Bay Area from 1995-2016 and relocated back to her hometown of Los Angeles in 2016.