Valerie Cassel is an Associate Curator at the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX. She recently curated the first U.S. solo exhibition of the work of Ghada Amer and is organizing several forthcoming exhibitions including Afrotemple by Sanford Biggers and the group exhibition, Splat Boom Pow! The Influence of Cartoons in Contemporary Art (1970-Present). Prior to her position at the Contemporary Arts Museum, Cassel was the director of the Visiting Artists Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1996-2001) and Program Specialist at the National Endowment for the Arts (1988-1995). In 2000, she served as co-curator of the Biennial Exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY.