Christina Vassallo is the Executive Director of SPACES, in Cleveland, where she provides creative direction and oversees operations for one of the longest running alternative art organizations in the country. Her most notable SPACES initiatives so far include launching a $3 million capital campaign, spearheading a renovation and relocation project, expanding outreach initiatives, developing 2 regrant opportunities for Cleveland-based artists, and curating critically acclaimed issue-oriented group exhibitions. Christina is an ex oficio board member of the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Contemporary Art Society and a contributor to the Cuyahoga Arts & Culture's Support for Artists Planning Team. She is a 2019-2020 cohort member of National Arts Strategies’ Chief Executive Program, a Spring 2020 Marshall Memorial Fellow, and she was named one of Crain's Cleveland's 40 Under 40 in 2017.
Previously, Christina was based in NYC, working as Executive Director of Flux Factory, where she set the course for a thriving institution comprised of an international artist residency program, acclaimed exhibitions program, and innovative educational initiatives. Additionally, she has curated exhibitions for Everson Museum of Art, Jersey City Museum, NURTUREart, Lafayette College, and New Haven University. Christina also served as Programming Associate of Culture Push, Associate Director of Kinz, Tillou + Feigen Gallery, and Assistant Curator at American Federation of Arts. She holds a B.A. in art history and an M.A. in nonprofit visual arts management from NYU.