deirdre visser

Deirdre Visser, is Curator of The Arts at CIIS and publisher of CHROMA books. As independent curator, educator, and publisher she strives to promote pluralism in the arts, to support artists in the creation of new work, and to foster dynamic and critical dialogues within and across communities that propose integrative approaches to the urgent questions we collectively face. Her exhibitions, publications, and public programming with The Arts at CIIS have connected history to the present, ethically and strategically, to look for common themes and deepen our understanding of both past and present as we move into the future.

Deirdre works collaboratively with Anne Bluethenthal, the Skywatchers Ensemble, and the brilliant team of artist facilitators in San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood. The photographs assembled were taken in the fall of 2017 at I Got a Truth to Tell.

AND, Deirdre harbors a not-so-secret love of the banjo and of woodworking, and spent 50 hours a week at her workbench during the 2015-2016 academic year, attending College of the Redwoods Fine Furniture program in Fort Bragg, CA.


President of the Board, La Pocha Nostra, San Francisco, CA
Board Secretary, ABD Productions, San Francisco, CA

Big Sister, 2009-present, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area
2017 Inspirational Match Honoree