Announcing CCL’s Ninth Annual Seminar in Curatorial Practice Cohort

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The Center for Curatorial Leadership (CCL) is pleased to announce the 2023 cohort of doctoral students selected for the annual CCL/Mellon Foundation Seminar in Curatorial Practice.

With the support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, 2023 marks the ninth year that CCL has provided advanced graduate students with the knowledge and networks to pursue professional opportunities in museums. This year’s students represent fifteen different universities and a broad range of fields of study which include Islamic, African, and South Asian art, folk and self-taught art, Caribbean studies, Global Contemporary Indigenous Art, and more. This cohort’s scholarship and expertise promise to expand and advance the impact of our field.

CCL is thrilled that the 2023 cohort will meet in-person in New York City for an intensive two-week program this July. Each student will be paired with a mentor, and the curriculum includes Columbia Business School coursework, conversations with leaders in the field, including curators, CCL alumni, and museum directors, and site visits to museum collections, storage, conservation, artist studios, and more.

CCL is delighted to welcome the 2023 Seminar cohort into our network and looks forward to their future accomplishments.

Class of 2023

Solomon “Zully” Adler, University of Oxford, Post-War and Contemporary Art

Michelle Al-Ferzly, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Islamic Art/Medieval Art

Dantaé Garee Elliott, New York University, Caribbean Studies

Diana Iturralde, Rutgers University, Art History of the Americas

Sanniah Jabeen, University of Toronto, Global Modern and Contemporary

Rachel Kabukala, Indiana University, African Art

Mateusz Mayer, Columbia University, Early Modern European Art

Angela Pastorelli-Sosa, University of California, Berkeley, Modern and Contemporary Art of the Americas

Vaishnavi Patil, Harvard University, South Asian Art

Kalyani Madhura Ramachandran, Columbia University, South Asian Art

Arianna Ray, Northwestern University, Early Modern Atlantic

Isabella Shey Robbins, Yale University, Global Contemporary Indigenous Art

Lily F. Scott, Temple University, American Modernism

Elizabeth D. Smith, University of California, Santa Barbara, 20th Century American Art, Craft, and Material Culture

Natalie E. Wright, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Design History

Yifan Zou, University of Chicago, Chinese Art and Architecture