Courtney Fink is an organizer, arts advocate, curator and writer. She is executive director and c-founder of Common Field, a national network of independent visual arts organizations and organizers that connects, supports, and advocates for the artist-centered 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.
During her tenure at Southern Exposure, she transformed the organization into a national model, led the organization through tremendous transitions and growth and developed a long-term Mission-District building to serve as home for the organization. She successful led the realization of the organization’s first ever comprehensive capital campaign. She founded the Alternative Exposure Grant Program in partnership with the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, which laid the groundwork for the Foundation’s Regional Re-granting Program now established in 12 cities across the US. 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 supported the organization and creation of more then 500 projects, events and exhibitions.
Fink 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 served on the founding Board of Directors of the Seed Fund from 2008-2018. 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 focused foundations.
For nearly 25 years, Courtney has been dedicated to developing the capacity of artists and the systems that support them. The focus of her creative work explores the collective impulse, labor, networks and open source models. She is committed to working at the vanguard of new ideas and with artists whose work is experimental and engaged with the world.
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 the summer of 2016.