CCL To Convene Fourth Annual Seminar in Curatorial Practice

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The Center for Curatorial Leadership Selects Fifteen Art History Doctoral Students for its 2017 CCL/Mellon Foundation Seminar in Curatorial Practice

This July, the Center for Curatorial Leadership (CCL) will host fifteen art history doctoral students for the CCL/Mellon Foundation Seminar in Curatorial Practice. Building on the success of the first three years of the program, the 2017 Seminar will guide a talented cohort of participants from universities across the United States through a two-week intensive in New York City.

First introduced in 2014 with the generous support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Seminar encourages students to consider and prepare for museum careers, filling gaps in training between graduate education and the curatorial path. The program serves as a forum for lively discourse and critical insight as these emerging scholars consider the merits of object-based learning, research-driven exhibition practices, and institutional responsibilities.

In selecting this year’s participants, a committee comprised of senior curators and Seminar alumni reviewed an exceptionally strong pool of 70 applications. The fifteen invited participants reflect a broad swath of art history doctoral students from state, public, and private universities across 11 different U.S. cities. This year’s students demonstrate longstanding commitments to curatorial ideas and specialize in areas as diverse as sixteenth-century Mexican cartography, early modern kitchen design, Islamic manuscripts, and queer themes in American art.

CCL’s robust curriculum incorporates site visits, exhibition tours, instruction from Columbia Business School professors, conversations with cultural leaders, and one-on-one mentorships. The Seminar will expose students to multiple facets of the museum world and explore the interrelation between disparate departments and fields of inquiry. Meetings with experts in areas such as conservation, education, public programming, grantmaking, and connoisseurship will buttress the schedule of activities. Conversations around acquisitions, permanent collections, temporary exhibitions, mission, and interpretation will provide a nuanced understanding of the varied responsibilities of curators.

The 2017 Seminar promises a thorough and complex view of museum practice and will engage a talented group of students at a key moment in their professional development. In this fourth iteration of the program, particular attention to interviewing and hiring, equity, and civic responsibility will respond to some of the most pressing issues in the field.

For more information about the participants, click here.




The students, listed alphabetically, are:








– Juliana Barton, University of Pennsylvania
Modern Architecture and Design

– Erica DiBenedetto, Princeton University
Modern and Contemporary Art

– Kristopher Driggers, University of Chicago
Pre-Columbian Art

– Clarisse Fava-Piz, University of Pittsburgh
Nineteenth-Century Art of Europe and the Americas

– Julia Pelta Feldman, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
Twentieth-Century American and European Art

– Madeleine Haddon, Princeton University
Nineteenth-Century European Art

– Margaret Innes, Harvard University
History of Photography

– Alexis Bard Johnson, Stanford University
Twentieth-Century American Art

– Charles Changduk Kang, Columbia University
Eighteenth-Century Art

– Isabella Lores-Chavez, Columbia University
Seventeenth-Century Dutch Painting

– Sana Mirza, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
Islamic Art and Architecture

– Julia Oswald, Northwestern University
Medieval and Early Modern Art

– Chanon Kenji Praepipatmongkol, University of Michigan
Modern and Contemporary Art

– Christine Robinson, University of California, Los Angeles
Modern and Contemporary Photography

– Jennifer Saracino, Tulane University
Sixteenth-Century Cartography in Mexico


2017 Seminar Students Press Release (download)