Organization

The Künstlerhaus Dortmund is a registered association.
Our international exhibition program - with a focus on contemporary, cross-disciplinary experiments - creates a lively discourse about current art on site. Networks and contacts with fellow artists arise as if by magic.
The planning, organization and realization of exhibitions and other events is the responsibility of the members of the association (i.e. the artists in the Künstlerhaus).
A permanent managing director supports the association in its work.

Members of Künstlerhaus / Artists in the Künstlerhaus

Debora Ando, Janna Banning, Anett Frontzek, Cornelius Grau, Horst Herz, Barbara Koch, Willi Otremba, Dirk Pleyer, Denise Ritter, Alexander Rütten, Maria Schleiner, Silke Schönfeld, Jana Kerima Stolzer, Jens Sundheim, Elly Valk-Verheijen, Adriane Wachholz, Achim Zepezauer

  • Voting rights at the monthly general meeting or annual general meeting
  • Exhibition conception and organization
  • Exhibition construction
  • Jury activities
  • Supervisory services
  • Guided tours through exhibitions
  • Design for in-house print media
  • Dispatches
  • Maintenance of the building
  • Press relations together with the managing director
  • Design and maintenance of the website

The Künstlerhaus members have their own studios in the house as an artist.

Artists in the network (K.I.N.)

Patrick Borchers, Jörg Daniel, Andreas Drewer, Tina Dunkel, Etta Gerdes, Barbara Hlali, Silvia Liebig, Dagmar Lippok, Paola Manzur, Babette Martini, Linda Opgen-Rhein, Gaby Peters, Rona Rangsch, Arno Schidlowski, Ulrich Weber, Denise Winter, Marco Wittkowski, Hannes Woidich

  • No voting rights and no defined rights and obligations
  • Welcome is any substantive and tangible commitment and participation in the general meetings
  • Use of the equipment of the house on request
  • Possibility to use the organization network
  • further in individual arrangement

Association Board

Voluntary management of the association in all areas of responsibility:

1st chairperson: Jens Sundheim
Vice chairperson: Maria Schleiner
Treasurer: Lex Rütten
Secretary: Silke Schönfeld
Board member: Debora Ando
Board member: Willi Otremba

Managing Director: Dr. Pia Wojtys

  • Not a member of the association, full-time
  • Budget planning and management
  • Program planning and implementation (in cooperation with the annual planning group)
  • Press and public relations (in cooperation with the respective project management)
  • Representation (in cooperation with the board)
  • Promotion of cooperation and exchange with artist initiatives and cultural institutions
  • Project financing, contracts, sponsor acquisition

The managing director is supported by an FSJ or BFD position:

  • 2011/2012: Tobias Auth
  • 2012/2013: Leonie Herrmann
  • 2016/2017: Marie Seemann
  • 2017/2018: Jakob Karpus
  • 2018/2019: Mira Posingies
  • 2019/2020: James Rodemann
  • 2020/2021: Maja Siepmann


Former Managing Director:
Dr. Peter Schmieder was the Managing Director of the Künstlerhaus Dortmund from 1998 to 2023. 
During these 25 years, far more than 1,000 artists showed their work in the exhibitions of the house, which Schmieder supervised and partly also curated.
He continued and expanded the residency tradition of the house, initiated numerous regional and international collaborations, and led the house through several phases of renovation. Schmieder was committed to the networking of the Kunstvereine Ruhr and acted as its spokesperson for over a decade. As one of the spokespersons for Dortmund's independent cultural centers, he was the contact person for politicians and administrators for much longer and, together with his fellow campaigners, was able to achieve a significant expansion of municipal funding in the area of sociocultural centers. 
In addition, he succeeded in building up and permanently establishing the area of cultural education at the Künstlerhaus Dortmund with support from the membership.
Schmieder enlivened the garden of the house with a specially developed series of events: In the "Garage 2.0" short formats of music, talk and video were staged in a varied way. In addition, together with Jens Sundheim, he regularly curated the high-quality exhibitions as part of the f2 photo festival, which have since been firmly established in the Künstlerhaus. For a quarter of a century, Dr. Peter Schmieder was instrumental in advancing the quality and professionalism of the Künstlerhaus Dortmund and successfully and authentically represented the institution to the outside world. 
On April 1, 2023, he handed over the management to Dr. Pia Wojtys. Schmieder will remain on friendly terms with the Künstlerhaus and its members in the future.