Director Arsenal Contemporary New York 2017- 2018

Arsenal Contemporary is a private art foundation and cultural initiative. Founded in Montreal in 2011 by patrons Anne-Marie and Pierre Trahan, Arsenal Contemporary is devoted to the support, promotion and development of Canadian contemporary art through diverse endeavors. It is the largest private art foundation in Canada.

In 2017, Arsenal Contemporary opened its newest satellite space in the Bowery Historic District of New York City located opposite the New Museum.

Arsenal Contemporary New York presents emerging and established Canadian contemporary artists, alongside international artists, through collaborative projects with independent curators, museums, biennials, and commercial galleries. The art center provides an opportunity for artists to have their first solo or group presentation in New York, creating a platform for new dialogues within the city’s rich arts environment.

Over the course of 2017 and 2018 Isabelle Kowal, director of Arsenal Contemporary New York has had the pleasure to show and promote the works of The Canadian Artists: Wanda Koop, Kim Dorland curated by Jean-Michel Othoniel, Caroline Monnet, Ante Liu, Chloe Wise alongside international emerging artists such as Ed Fornieles, Hannah Perry, Kathleen Ryan in partnership with François Ghebaly Gallery, Benoit Maire, Robin Meier in partnership with the Broad MSU.

She supported Sanctuary For Family, the New York’s leading service provider and advocate for survivors of domestic violence, sex trafficking and related forms of gender violence, bringing together 30 female artists to benefit the cause. Among them, Laure Prouvost, Sylvie Auvray, Prune Nourry, Nina Beier, Carol Rama, Rita Ackermann …

The curator Martha Kirzenbaum was invited to curate “sticky Fingers” gathering Caroline Mesquita, Louise Sartor, Meriem Bennani, Elizabeth Jaeger and Piotr Lakomy.

In the summer 2018 “A Kiss Under the Tail” gathered Abbas Akhavan, Michael Assiff, Isabelle Cornaro, Latifa Echakhch, Julia Freyer and Ana Mendieta.

Isabelle is proud to have Championed Brazilian sculptor Juliana Cerqueira Leite, one of her resident artists and honored to have payed homage to Nicola L. in November 2018 showcasing iconic works from this early French feminist artist alongside sculptures and paintings of Ambera Wellmann, Nadia Belerique and Chloe Wise, all Canadian emerging artists.