Victoria Reis is the co-founder and executive and artistic director of Transformer, a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit visual arts organization founded in 2002 that connects and promotes emerging visual artists and introduces audiences to new, best practices in emerging contemporary visual art. During her tenure at Transformer, Reis has supported several hundred artists in the launch and advancement of their artistic careers, through visionary exhibitions and collaborations with a broad range of organizational partners locally in D.C., nationally and internationally.
As a curator and arts organizer who has lived and worked in Washington, D.C. since 1991, Reis began her career in contemporary visual arts at the National Association of Artists’ Organizations (NAAO) from 1992 to 1997, developing national programs and field-wide initiatives in support of artist-centered and artist-run organizations as well as the artists they serve. Following her time at NAAO and prior to founding Transformer, Reis was the director of programs for the International Sculpture Center in 1998 to 1999, and a curatorial consultant to the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities Public Art Program in 2002 to 2004. Reis also launched several independent, temporal arts programs in D.C. and curated several large scale survey exhibitions highlighting D.C. region emerging artists’ work and providing those artists with vital opportunities to develop audiences and establish networks for future support.
Reis has also been a member of ArtTable since 2000, and became a founding member of Common Field in 2014, a new national network of art spaces and artist-led initiatives.