An independent curator based in New York and Seattle, Meade has served as Artistic Director (2015-17) and Senior Curator, Cross-Disciplinary Platforms (2014-15), at The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, where he headed the Visual Arts Department. He has been a faculty member at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College (2009-2014), and in the MFA Program for Visual Arts, Columbia University (2009-2014).
Exhibitions at the Walker Art Center included the retrospective survey Merce Cunningham: Common Time, curated for the Walker and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, group exhibitions Question the Wall Itself, Less Than One, the first U.S. solo exhibition of German artist Andrea Büttner and the Walker Art Center’s presentation of Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art, featuring work from the 1960s to the present.
He also oversaw commissions of public artworks for the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden and Walker campus by Theaster Gates, Nairy Baghramian, and Philippe Parreno. He has previously been a curator at the Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA, and at SculptureCenter, New York, where exhibitions included Scene, Hold, Ballast with David Maljkovic and Lucy Skaer, and the group exhibitions Time Again and Knight’s Move, a survey of new sculpture in New York, among others.
He served as Director of Grant Programs at Artist Trust, Seattle (2003-2006), as a writing instructor and consultant for Richard Hugo House, Seattle (2001-06), and as a lecturer at the University of Washington. The recipient of an Arts Writer Grant from Creative Capital (2009) and the Andy Warhol Foundation Curatorial Fellowship (Fall 2014), he holds a M.F.A. in Poetry from Columbia University (1999) and an M.A. in Curatorial Studies from CCS Bard (2009), and received his B.F.A from Evergreen State College.