CCL Announces Class of 2013

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CCL Class of 2013

Program Expands with International Participants

New York, October 25, 2012– The Center for Curatorial Leadership (CCL) is proud to announce the selection of its sixth class of Fellows. The Class of 2013 will comprise ten outstanding curators who begin their training in New York in January. 

  • Carlos Basualdo, Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Curator of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art 
  • Kathleen Bickford Berzock, Curator of African Art, The Art Institute of Chicago 
  • Jason T. Busch, Chief Curator and The Alan G. and Jane A. Lehman Curator of Decorative Arts and Design, Carnegie Museum of Art 
  • Judith Dolkart, Deputy Director of Art and Archival Collections and Gund Family Curator, The Barnes Foundation 
  • Andrea Grover, Curator of Special Projects, Parrish Art Museum
  • Leo Jansen, Curator of Paintings, Van Gogh Museum 
  • Emily Neff, Curator, American Painting and Sculpture, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
  • Rebecca Rabinow, Curator, Department of Modern and Contemporary Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art 
  • Jessica Todd Smith, Virginia Steele Scott Chief Curator of American Art, The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens 
  • Nina Zimmer, Curator, Nineteenth Century/Modern Art, Kunst Museum, Basel

This year the Center for Curatorial Leadership invited applications from the international community and two impressive curators were selected from The Van Gogh Museum and the Kunstmuseum, Basel to join the sixth fellowship class. “2013 will be a landmark year for the CCL,” says Elizabeth Easton, Co-Founder and Director of the CCL, “The profound collaborations that have formed over the past five years between Fellows and alumni will now have international scope. Numerous major European directors have served as hosts and mentors to our Fellows, and I am thrilled that the CCL fellowship will be an instrumental force in generating a trans-continental 
curatorial peer group.” 

Co-founded by Elizabeth Easton and Agnes Gund in 2007, the CCL provides a unique combination of rigorous management lessons taught by expert faculty from Columbia Business School and convenings with the foremost leaders in arts, culture, and government. Fifty-two curators have graduated from the Center for Curatorial Leadership – expanding the footprint of alumni to over
forty North American art museums. In five years, ten Fellows have advanced to Directorial positions and 60% of CCL alumni have changed institutions or received promotions within their museum. “The growth of the CCL has far surpassed our initial expectations and goals,” remarks Gund, “The program has elevated the role of curators in the conversation about the future of museums; curators are now considered partners in crafting strategies for their institutions. Six months of intensive learning transforms people – our Fellows return to their museums with concrete tools and broadened perspectives that add critical value to the vision and strategy of museums worldwide.”

Additional information can be found at

Hannah Howe
Center for Curatorial Leadership
174 East 80th Street
New York, NY 10075


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