Maker | Curator | Collaborator

Day Job Projects

Day Job Projects

The Orange County Curator Challenge (OC3) was a collaborative exhibition which paired emerging and established curators with a local artist, offering the opportunity to win an exhibition space for a future project. This show was our very first collaboration.

Born from winning the viewer's choice award at OC3, this exhibition paid tribute to innovative masters of the past through reimagined or referenced renditions of iconic and classical art. This educational project challenges viewers to contemplate art history and its contemporary influence.

We continued our curatorial collaboration by hosting exhibitions in my studio space at the Grand Central Arts Center in Santa Ana, California. These exhibitions included a bi-coastal artist collaboration, a community river clean up, and a residency featuring New York "trash" artist Amanda Patenaude.


Kimberly and Jen at the 2018 Glass Art Society conference in Murano, Italy.

Day Job Projects is a freelance curatorial team. Past projects range from group exhibitions to artist and curator collaborations. Since September of 2013, Day Job has put together over twenty exhibitions throughout Orange County, California, before moving on to the East coast. Recent exhibitions include Imported at the Governor's School for the Arts Origin Gallery for the 2016 Glass Art Society conference and Slouching Toward Sunshine, which was sponsored by the Rutter Family Art Foundation in Norfolk, Virginia. The team is currently working on Let Them Eat Cake— a Second Helping, scheduled for the fall of 2019 In the Elin and Baron Art Galleries at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.

Kimberly McKinnis and Jennifer Detlefsen can be reached at