Northrup is known for innovative and prescient expositions that connect the avant garde to the audience. Northrup founded Nevada Museum of Art’s contemporary art program in 2012. As Curatorial Director and Curator of Contemporary Art she mounted cutting edge exhibitions including the nationally touring “Unsettled” (2017-19), organized in collaboration with iconic Los Angeles artist, Ed Ruscha.
It was at the NMA that Northrup’s exhibitions won one Hyperallergic Best of/Top 20 Exhibitions of the Year award, and two American Alliance of Museums Prizes for Best Publication.
Prior to her time in Nevada, Northrup was Fulbright Senior Research Scholar at the ZKM Center for Art + Media in Karlsruhe, Germany. As Chief Curator (2008-2011) and Senior Curator (2001-2008) at the San Jose Museum of Art, in California, she curated and authored the first nationally touring survey exhibitions and monographs on contemporary media artists Jennifer Steinkamp (2006) and Leo Villareal (2010).
An established museum leader, Northrup has worked in nine museums in the USA and Europe. She’s hired and mentored a score of talented staff, many of which now hold leadership positions in major museums.
“navigates the complexities of the museum with grace and determination . . . she has total integrity”
Leo Villareal, Artist
“congratulations for being so ahead of the curve. you approach it as an artist and a medium”
Mary E. Sabbatino, Vice President, Galerie Lelong
“you seem to be great at creating avalanches from snowballs”
Ana Teresa Fernandez, Artist
“we couldn’t wait to share your wonderful work. it’s sophisticated, and layered with meaning, but so accessible”
Kathleen Durham, Docent, Nevada Museum of Art
“a curator of demonstrated acumen and ambition”
Kenneth Baker, Art Critic, San Francisco Chronicle