Risa Shoup is an Independent Curator and Development Consultant.  She works with a variety artspaces in New York City. Currently she is the Residency Manager of the BRIC House Fireworks Residency Program, a collaborative artists’ residency at BRIC Arts|Media|Bklyn. Recently, she co-curated The Bricoleurs at the BRIC Rotunda Gallery with Christian Fuller, BRIC’s Associate Director of Contemporary Art. Shoup also serves as a development consultant for The Wassaic Project, where she co-curated an exhibition of environmental installations with curator, Ryan Frank, this past summer. As the Programming Director for Recession Art, Shoup produces events in all disciplines at RAC, Recession Art’s new permanent location on the Lower East Side. She will also curate two exhibitions there in 2012.  Shoup has spoken about nontraditional artspaces at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, NYU, the CUNY Graduate Center, and at Harvard University.  Distorting (a messiah project, 13C) is her second time curating the work of sculptor, R. Justin Stewart.