McNamara is the Director of Galleries at Otis College of Art and
Design in Los Angeles, where she has organized recent solo
exhibitions with Polly Apfelbaum and Anna Craycroft. Previously,
she held the position of Director and Chief Curator at the Boston
University Art Gallery where she organized exhibitions with Leidy
Churchman, Destroy All Monsters, and Vlatka Horvat, among others.
McNamara is also co-founder of Cleopatra’s, an alternative
Brooklyn-based project space founded in 2008. In addition, McNamara
has held teaching positions at Massachusetts College of Art and
Design and the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley College. She
received her M.A. at The Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard
College and a B.A. with a Curatorial Concentration from Hampshire
College, MA. McNamara has held curatorial positions at MoMA
PS1, New York and Participant, INC., New York. McNamara is
currently a Visiting Critic in the Painting Department at the Rhode
Island School of Art and Design, Providence, RI.