Cortney Lederer is an independent curator and art consultant with sixteen years of experience managing an array of artistic programming for organizations and businesses. From 2011–14 she served as the Director of Exhibitions and Residencies at the Chicago Artists Coalition (CAC), where she designed and managed its two residency programs: BOLT Residency and HATCH Projects. While at CAC, Lederer curated and managed special projects for businesses such as tech incubator 1871, Patron Tequila, TOMS Shoes, Groupon and Taste of Chicago (DCASE). She has curated and produced hundreds of solo and group exhibitions during her tenure at CAC.
In June 2014, Lederer launched CNL Art Consulting (CNL), which provides project-based consulting to organizations with a specialization in curating, project management, program design and development. CNL works with notable organizations such as 3Arts, Chicago Artists Coalition, Lillltsreet Art Center and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). Currently, CNL is acting as project manager of EXPO Chicago’s Palais de Tokyo initiative. Lederer is an instructor in the Arts Administration and Policy department at SAIC and serves on the board of Every House as a Door, the Education Advisory Committee for CAC and programming advisory committee for Snowy City Arts.