BUTTER is deepening its commitment to equity, artist care, and building new arts infrastructures at the local level by expanding the curatorial team and establishing curated presentations for the fair’s third edition in 2023.
Braydee Euliss returns to BUTTER for her third year, now as Director of Curatorial Affairs. Malina Simone Bacon and Alan Bacon, founders of GANGGANG and BUTTER, serve as curators and Creative Directors for the fair. Euliss has expanded the 2023 curatorial team to work in alignment with GANGGANG’s larger focus on artist care, artists’ rights, and authorship. The team includes Indiana-based curators Alyse Tucker Bounds and Greg Rose. Bounds is the Visual Portfolio Manager for GANGGANG and serves as Associate Curator in support of special projects for the fair. Rose serves as the Curatorial Fellow, leading from their past exhibitor experiences. Kia Davis, founder of KKURATED Creative Agency, joins the team as Guest Curator and brings more than 15 years experience in the sports and entertainment licensing industry to her work with the fair and this year’s exhibiting artists.
Director of Curatorial Affairs, BUTTER 2023
Braydee Euliss (Indianapolis, IN) is an artist and curator who works with objects, spaces, and institutions to explore the often inconspicuous ways they hold us up and hold us back. Her curatorial work focuses on the interdependence of artists and institutions, through public, private, and nonprofit agencies. She is the Owner/Director of COMPANION, an exhibition, project, and gathering space guided by artist-centered mutualism, and she serves as the Indiana Arts Commission Region 5 Arts Partner. Braydee holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture from the School of Art at Ball State University.
Malina Simone Bacon
Curator, BUTTER 2023
Malina Simone Bacon is the founder and executive director at Indy-based GANGGANG where she works to make the art industry an equitable and reparational space. Malina raised more than $3M towards efforts for a first-of-its-kind cultural startup and is the creative director at BUTTER, A Fine Art Fair.
Curator, BUTTER 2023
Alan Bacon is the founder and president of GANGGANG, a cultural development firm based in Indianapolis, IN. Bacon served as curator for BUTTER 2022 and for the upcoming exhibition at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, We. The Culture. Bacon is a passionate thought leader who works to innovate and introduce arts and culture as a pathway to create more equitable opportunities for artists and creatives.
Alyse Tucker Bounds
Associate Curator, BUTTER 2023
In addition to holding the position of Visual Portfolio Manager at GANGGANG, Alyse is an artist, curator, and co-owner of a traveling artist collective called ONE DROP. Her collective curates solo and group exhibitions that showcase BIPOC and AAPI artists in non-traditional and artist-run spaces throughout the US. Alyse holds a Bachelor’s in Art History and Classical Studies from Herron School of Art + Design. She has exhibited her own sculptural and canvas work at exhibitions in Houston, TX and throughout Indiana.
Guest Curator, BUTTER 2023
KKURATED Creative Agency was founded in 2022 by Kia Davis, the agency began organically out of the demand for her services constantly being requested from her peers who were pursuing endeavors in various creative industries. The transparency of information and clear cut direction given by Davis has helped develop the careers of artists in diverse mediums allowing them to solely focus on their craft. Davis consistently seeks out opportunities to maximize their brand power according to their personal goals. Her passion for the arts, finance background, and over 15 years experience in the sports and entertainment licensing industry has positioned her with the unique ability to spot trends in the market, discover talent, and provide resources for growth.
Curatorial Fellow, BUTTER 2023
Greg Rose is an Indianapolis-based conceptual artist and curator whose practice centers on the narratives and lived experiences of marginalized folx in a way that honors the past, present, and future. Their independent work lives by the moniker “haykidd” and has been featured in the “love is” campaign by Uninterrupted and at Butter Fine Art Fair 2021-22. Greg is currently the program coordinator for 10 East Arts and an Artist and Public Life Resident at Big Car. Throughout Greg’s curatorial career, partnerships with galleries and nonprofit agencies have allowed them to create more accessible pathways to sustainability and equity for emerging visual artists in Indianapolis.