CCL Alumni in Action | March 2015

Photoset of Ash-Milby, Futter, Neff, Rand
CCL graduates taking on new projects and expanded leadership responsibility. Left to right: Kathleen Ash-Milby, Catherine Futter, Richard Rand, Emily Ballew Neff. Photos courtesy of Isaac James, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Berkshire Eagle, and Emily Neff.

Current fellow Kathleen Ash-Milby  (CCL '15) has been appointed a guest curator on the curatorial team for SITE Santa Fe's upcoming biennial exhibition series, SITElines.2016: New Perspectives on Art of the Americas. Kathleen is an Associate Curator at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) in New York, where she has organized numerous contemporary art exhibitions. During CCL this year, Kathleen will complete a weeklong leadership residency with Adam Lerner, Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver. For the biennial in Santa Fe, opening in July 2016, Kathleen will collaborate with four talented curators from across the Americas, Rocío Aranda-Alvarado, Pip Day, Pablo León de la Barra, and Kiki Mazzucchelli. Read more:

Catherine Futter (CCL '14) has been promoted to Louis L. and Adelaide C. Ward Senior Curator of European Arts at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, where she will oversee the departments of Arts of the Ancient World, European Paintings and Sculpture, and Architecture, Design and Decorative Arts. In addition to steering major curatorial projects since joining the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in 2002, Catherine has also served on the Museum's Strategic Leadership Group since 2009. Beyond her curatorial and managerial successes, Catherine stood out in CCL as someone who is committed to mentoring emerging professionals and students. As part of CCL's Diversity Mentoring Initiative, Catherine mentored two high school students from Kansas City. Additionally she spearheads the Association of Art Museum Curators Mentoring Program and is an active volunteer in her local community at MINDDRIVE, a program for at-risk youths that designs classes around cars and automobiles to teach entrepreneurship and critical thinking . Read more:

Richard Rand (CCL '08) has been tapped to become the Associate Director for Collections at the J. Paul Getty Museum in October 2015. An alumnus of CCL's inaugural class in 2008, Richard joined the Clark Art Institute in 1997 and has built an incredible record of service to the institution. He is currently the Robert and Martha Berman Lipp Senior Curator and also lectures in art history in the Williams College / Clark Graduate Program. He has published widely in his field of research, 17th- through 19th-century French art. We look forward to watching his activities on the west coast! Read more:

Congratulations to Emily Ballew Neff (CCL '13) on her recent appointment as executive director of the Memphis Brooks Museum! When Emily participated in CCL, she was curator of American Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, where she organized over 20 celebrated exhibitions. Currently the president of the the Association of Art Museum Curators, she will assume her new position at Memphis Brooks in mid-April, just in time to dive into the planning of the museum's 100th anniversary in 2016. Read more: