Announcing CCL’s Seventh Annual Seminar in Curatorial Practice Cohort

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The Center for Curatorial Leadership (CCL) is pleased to announce the seventh annual class of the CCL/Mellon Foundation Seminar in Curatorial Practice. Full bios for the fourteen doctoral students in this year’s cohort linked here.

Since 2014 and with the support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, CCL has provided advanced graduate students with the knowledge and networks to pursue professional opportunities in museums.  This year’s students represent eleven different universities and are pursuing their studies in a wide range of fields, including contemporary art in India, the wooden doors of Medieval European churches, Black queer aesthetics, Hellenistic sculpture, contemporary native arts, and illustrated manuscripts from nineteenth-century Iran; their work strives to advance the field and to expand the impact of and audience for their respective disciplines.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic the annual July program has been amended. The accepted cohort will participate in a shortened online program this summer, will be individually paired with established curators for remote one-on-one mentorship sessions, and have deferred full in-person participation to either July 2021 or July 2022.

Further, recognizing the specific impact that museum hiring freezes have for a generation just beginning their careers, the July 202o online program has been extended to welcome all 2020 Seminar applicants. The three-day virtual curriculum includes Columbia Business School coursework as well as a series of conversations with leaders in the field, curators, CCL alumni, museum directors, and others.

We are pleased to welcome the 2020 Seminar class to the CCL network, and look forward to sharing news of their accomplishments going forward. In the meantime, see our website for more information about the group, and all of CCL’s activities.