Horizon Team

The Foundation team is a small but passionate group with decades of collective experience working at major institutions and collaborating closely with artists.

Chief Artistic Director

Christopher Y. Lew

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Director

May Xue

Co-Founder

Jason Li

Chief Artistic Director

Christopher Y. Lew

Christopher Y. Lew has 15 years of experience working at American museums. He is a former curator of the Whitney Museum of American Art where he oversaw the emerging artist program and was co-curator of the 2017 Whitney Biennial. At the Whitney he was co-curator of Salman Toor: How Will I Know (2020) and also organized Pope.L: Choir (2019), Kevin Beasley: A view of a landscape (2018), and mounted the first US solo exhibitions for Sophia Al-Maria, Rachel Rose, and Jared Madere. Prior to joining the Whitney, he was Assistant Curator at MoMA PS1 and organized numerous exhibitions there including solo shows with Clifford Owens, Nancy Grossman, GCC, and Gavin Kenyon, as well as the group exhibitions New Pictures of Common Objects (2012-2013), and Tastemakers Choice (2014). Lew has contributed to several publications including Art AsiaPacific, Art Journal, Bomb, Huffington Post, and Mousse.

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Director

May Xue

May Xue has spent over 15 years working in and shaping leading art institutions in Mainland China and Hong Kong, and building international relationships. She is the former Director of Education and Institutional Relations and General Manager at K11 Art Foundation, where she built the foundation’s North China team, led the artist-in-residence program and supported international relationships with institutions including the Royal Academy of Arts, London. Prior to joining K11 Art Foundation, May was the CEO of UCCA Center for Contemporary Art (formerly known as Ullens Center for Contemporary Art), one of China’s most prominent and prestigious not-for-profit art museums. At UCCA, Xue helped to foster international cultural exchanges and showcased the latest contemporary art and culture. She has also worked with Kent Logan Foundation, Lawrence Schiller, Chinese Contemporary Art Awards (CCAA), and Uli Sigg.

Co-Founder

Jason Li

Jason Li is a Los Angeles-based entrepreneur and patron with a focus on young and emerging contemporary artists. Li also sits on Artists Council for the Whitney Museum of American Art and is the founder of a media agency as well as CEO and founder of Outland, a recently launched NFT editorial platform. Prior to his current roles, Jason spent over 13 years leading a live sports management company in LA.

Horizon Advisory Members 2022

Horizon is advised by prominent institutional curators who help nominate and select artists for the residency program. This group rotates on an annual basis.

2023 Advisory Board Member

Amal Khalaf

2023 Advisory Board Member

Daisy Nam

2022 Advisory Board Member

María Elena Ortiz

2022 Advisory Board Member

Wassan Al-Khudhairi

2023 Advisory Board Member

Amal Khalaf

Amal Khalaf is a curator and artist and currently Director of Programmes at Cubitt and Civic Curator at the Serpentine Galleries, London. Here and in other contexts she has developed residencies, exhibitions and collaborative research projects at the intersection of arts and social justice and recently launched Support Structures for Support Structures, a fellowship and grant program for artists working in the field of community practice and spatial politics.  Recent projects include Radio Ballads (2019–22), an exhibition and research project in London and Sensing the Planet (2021) a gathering of musicians, artists and climate activists in Dartington, Devon. She is a trustee of Mophradat, Athens; not/no.w.here, London and Art Night, London. In 2019 she curated Bahrain’s pavilion for Venice, in 2018 she co-curated an international arts and social justice conference called Rights to the City in London, and in 2016 she co-directed the 10th edition of the Global Art Forum, Art Dubai.  She is also a founding member of the GCC art collective, exhibiting at MoMA PS1, the Sharjah Art Foundation, the Whitney Biennial, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Berlin Biennale, the New Museum and the Fridericianum, Kassel, among others.

2023 Advisory Board Member

Daisy Nam

Daisy Nam is the director and curator at Ballroom Marfa, a contemporary art space located in Far West Texas. Previously from 2015–19, she was the assistant director at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University where she organized exhibitions, publications, and public programs working closely with artists to engage with the campus community and public at large. Prior, she curated and produced seven seasons of talks, screenings, performances, and workshops from 2008–2015 as the assistant director of public programs at the School of the Arts, Columbia University. Curatorial residencies and fellowships include: Marcia Tucker Senior Research Fellow at the New Museum, New York (2020); Bellas Artes, Bataan, Philippines (2020); Surf Point in York, Maine (2019); Gwangju Biennale Foundation, Korea (2018). She holds a master’s degree in Curatorial and Critical Studies from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in Art History and Cinema Studies from New York University. She has taught at RISD, and lectured at Lesley University, Northeastern, SMFA/Tufts, and SVA as a visiting critic. She co-edited a publication, Best! Letters from Asian Americans in the arts with Paper Monument in 2021.

2022 Advisory Board Member

María Elena Ortiz

María Elena Ortiz is Curator of the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), where she is spearheading the Caribbean Cultural Institute (CCI). At PAMM, Ortiz has organized several projects including Allied with Power: African and African Diaspora Art from the Jorge M. Pérez Art Collection (2020); The Other Side of Now: Foresight in Contemporary Caribbean Art (2019); Latinx Art Sessions (2019); william cordova: now’s the time (2018); Beatriz Santiago Muñoz: A Universe of Fragile Mirrors (2016); Ulla von Brandenburg: It Has a Golden Sun and an Elderly Grey Moon (2017); Firelei Báez: Bloodlines (2015); and Carlos Motta: Histories for the Future.  Her writing has been published globally. A recipient of the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros (CPPC) and Independent Curators International (ICI) Travel Award for Central America and the Caribbean, Ortiz’s curatorial practice is informed by the connections of Latinx, Latin American, and Black communities in the US and the Caribbean.

2022 Advisory Board Member

Wassan Al-Khudhairi

Wassan Al-Khudhairi is the Chief Curator at the Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis and the former Hugh Kaul Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Birmingham Museum of Art where she organized Third Space /shifting conversations about contemporary art. She was invited to be a Curator for the 6th Asian Art Biennial in Taiwan in 2017 and Co-Artistic Director for 9th Gwangju Biennial in South Korea in 2012. Serving as the Founding Director of Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art in Qatar, Al-Khudhairi oversaw the opening of the Museum in 2010 and co-curated Sajjil: A Century of Modern Art and curated Cai Guo-Qiang: Saraab.