As MATRIX Curatorial Assistant, Dena Beard supports the MATRIX Program for Contemporary Art, a pioneering series of project exhibitions with contemporary artists. She assists with all curatorial activities, including research, writing, and the production of new works. Prior to joining the staff at BAM/PFA, Dena was Curatorial/Development Associate for the Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, an alternative art space that presented 16-18 exhibitions annually. She graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with an M.A. in Art History, Theory, and Criticism.