Katie Hirsch is an arts administrator, art historian, and curator. She is currently the Director of the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art.
Katie’s diverse arts background has informed her interdisciplinary approach to the study and exhibition of art and material culture. As a graduate student at Florida State University, Katie specialized in the study of the art and culture of the Ancient Maya. She quickly discovered a passion for teaching while serving as a Patricia Rose Teaching Fellow in FSU’s Art History Department. Katie’s professional path took a turn when she moved to Shanghai, China. There, she served as Senior Curator of island6 Arts Center, a commercial contemporary art gallery. As Senior Curator, she coordinated exhibitions at five international gallery locations, overseeing curatorial direction and managing daily operations.
After relocating to Charleston, Katie worked in Development Special Events for Spoleto Festival USA. Now at the Halsey, she loves being a part of the team that brings adventurous contemporary art to the Charleston community.