AARON TIMLIN:
 
AARON TIMLIN




 
 
 
 
 
Executive Director, Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit (CAID). Timlin coordinates and implements a variety of public programs, events, and exhibitions for the 29-year-old nonprofit organization and has been integral in the effort to revive arts and culture in Detroit. In 1998, Timlin purchased abandoned warehouse space and opened Detroit Contemporary Art Space to rave reviews. He successfully ran and operated the popular exhibition and performance space for more than five years before becoming executive director of the Detroit Artists Market. During his tenure there, Timlin effectively doubled exhibition art sales and grew membership four-fold. He interned under the curator of contemporary art at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City in 2003, assisting with the international exhibition “The American Effect.” He has served as a juror for the Art Gallery of Windsor, Canada; ArtServe of Michigan; Rhode Island State Council; and Central Michigan University’s annual student exhibition. Timlin has been a featured speaker for the California College of Art, Wayne State University, Central Michigan University, Cranbrook Academy of Art, and the Canadian Consulate, and has taught at the College for Creative Studies. He has served on the boards of the Detroit Artists Market, the Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit, and Art on the Move; and the advisory boards for Detroit Synergy Group, Detroit Film Center, and the Forum for Contemporary Art for the Detroit Institute of Arts.


WHERE BORN: "Detroit."

MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSONS: "My father, Hugh Timlin; Rev. James L. Meyer; Mathew Fox; Mohandas Gandhi; and my mother, Two Moons."

LAST BOOK READ: "I'm currently reading Commodify Your Dissent: The Business of Culture in the New Gilded Age by Thomas Frank and Matt Wieland and what is becoming one of my favorite books ever: Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future by Bill McKibben."

WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ME: "Homeschooled, enthusiastic, imaginative, hard worker, stubborn, procrastinater, energetic."

WHERE MY FIELD/INDUSTRY IS HEADED: "The field of arts and culture and its role in urban renewal and reimagining our relationship to our local and global environment will play an essential role in the shaping of our city and region."

FAVORITE TECHNOLOGICAL GADGET: "This new IP phone that provides an extension from the main work office to my home office allowing me to work from home and receive and place calls as if I were at the work office. Soon we will have all the computers networked remotely as well, which will allow me and other staff to work from home. This all contributes to CAID’s goal of reducing our carbon footprint."

FAVORITE PLACE: "The farm where I spent my younger years without electricity and indoor plumbing. I actually miss the outhouse. And the cottage in northern Ontario on the French River. And recently, Buffalo. This city and her people are doing some great things that should inspire and motivate others."

FAVORITE HOBBIES: "Biking with my bike gang “Defying the Law Bicycle Club.” Making wine, sprouts and canning."

FAVORITE FOOD: "Chicken and dumplings with cheesecake for dessert. But I have been vegan for 16 years now so I guess I would settle for my mom’s homemade vegan cooking which could be a tofu vegetable stir fry with a vegan cheesecake for dessert."

MY HIDDEN TALENT: "I can sing like Louis Armstrong. Clare County 4-H sheep-trimming champion. Breaking horses."

HOW I WANT TO BE REMEMBERED: "I planted a few seeds that sprouted and continue to grow and release new seeds, either real or imagined."