Announcing CCL’s Eighth Annual Seminar in Curatorial Practice Cohort

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The Center for Curatorial Leadership (CCL) is pleased to announce the 2021 cohort of doctoral students selected for the annual CCL/Mellon Foundation Seminar in Curatorial Practice.

With the support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, since 2014 CCL has provided eight classes of advanced graduate students with the knowledge and networks to pursue professional opportunities in museums. This year’s students represent sixteen different universities and a broad range of fields of study which include contemporary art in the Middle East, the swamps of Dutch landscapes, Soviet Hauntology, ecological art in the Black diaspora, Appalachian regionalism, and marble sculptures from post-Tridentine Rome. Together, this cohort demonstrates approaches to scholarship that promise to expand the knowledge, impact, and audience of our field.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Seminar has once again been amended. CCL remains committed to delivering the same caliber of education and mentorship to this year’s accepted cohort, and will offer a shortened virtual program this July as well as a one-on-one mentorship match with an established curator and deferred in-person participation in a future Seminar.

CCL is further pleased to announce that, after the success of last year, parts of the July virtual program will be extended to welcome all of this year’s applicants. The full three-day curriculum includes coursework in the Columbia Business School and a series of conversations with leaders in the field, including curators, CCL alumni, and museum directors, among others.

CCL is delighted to welcome the 2021 Seminar cohort into our network, and looks forward to their future accomplishments.

Class of 2021

Kylie Ching, University of California, Irvine, Asian American Art & Contemporary Art

Bianca Hand, Johns Hopkins University, Ancient Mesopotamian Art & Archeology

Grant Johnson, University of Southern California, Modern & Contemporary Art

Cynthia Kok, Yale University, Early Modern

Sarah Mallory, Harvard University, Early Modern

Annissa Malvoisin, Ancient Egyptian and Nubian Art & Archeology, Museum Studies

Hoda Nedaeifar, Indiana University Bloomington, Middle Eastern Modern & Contemporary Art

Kymberly S. Newberry, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Modern & Contemporary Art

Ashley Patton, University of Minnesota, Early Modern

Ali Printz, Temple University, American Modern & Contemporary Art

Lesdi Carolina Goussen Robleto, University of California Berkeley, Latin American Modern & Contemporary Art

Indrani Saha, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Modern & Contemporary Art

Tyler Shine, University of Pennsylvania, Modern & Contemporary Art

Delphine Sims, University of California, Berkeley

Lauryn Smith, Case Western Reserve University, Early Modern

Xin Wang, The Institute of Fine Arts, NYU, Modern & Contemporary Art

Xiaoyi Diana Yang, Bard Graduate Center, Asian Decorative Arts


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