Center for Curatorial Leadership Announces 2018 Fellows

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The 2018 Center for Curatorial Leadership Fellows. Top row from left: Nora Burnett Abrams, Kelly Baum, Jose Carlos Diaz, Alison Ferris, Rita Gonzalez, Jodi Hauptman. Bottom row from left: Lauren Haynes, Ethan Lasser, Soyoung Lee, Victoria Sancho Lobis, Mia Locks, Elizabeth Siegel.

Twelve Curators Selected for 2018 Leadership Training Program

The Center for Curatorial Leadership (CCL) has selected twelve curators to participate in its annual fellowship program for 2018. The incoming class of Fellows will join the organization in New York City in January for an initial two weeks of instruction, followed by residencies with leading museum directors, the development of an individual Diversity Mentoring Initiative, and a final week of coursework in May.

A committee of museum directors and CCL alumni chose the eleventh class of Fellows from a highly competitive pool of applicants. The 2018 cohort exemplifies a commitment to scholarly excellence, collaborative thinking, and inclusive practices within museums and the visual arts. Each of the twelve curators demonstrates a distinctive vision that promises to energize the upcoming fellowship and CCL’s venture into its second decade of programming.

The class of 2018 joins CCL from nine different arts institutions across the United States, including university art museums, contemporary art spaces, regional art centers, and both culturally-specific and encyclopedic institutions. The group spans multiple cities across the United States, including Bentonville, Cambridge, Chicago, Denver, Des Moines, Los Angeles, New York, and Pittsburgh. The 2018 Fellows bring a keen awareness of the role of art and exhibitions in shaping American culture and national identity. This fall, Jose Carlos Diaz, Chief Curator at The Andy Warhol Museum, opened an exhibition of Iranian artist Farhad Moshiri, which he linked to timely issues of immigration, exchange, and cultural isolationism through the lens of Warhol’s own ethnic roots. At the Art Institute of Chicago, Victoria Sancho Lobis, Prince Trust Curator in the Department of Prints and Drawings, has been instrumental in an initiative to expand the presence of Latin American art in the museum’s acquisitions and exhibition program. In the wake of an executive order banning travel from a number of majority-Muslim countries this January, Jodi Hauptman, Senior Curator in the Department of Drawings and Prints at The Museum of Modern Art, helped spearhead a reinstallation of the permanent collection galleries highlighting work by exemplary artists from the affected areas. Together, the 2018 cohort signals a wave of museum leadership that looks to deepen engagement with a more representative and nuanced expression of art history and culture. 

Class of 2018

Nora Burnett Abrams, Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Denver, CO

Kelly Baum, Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon Polsky Curator of Contemporary, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

Jose Carlos Diaz, Chief Curator, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA

Alison Ferris, Senior Curator, Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA

Rita Gonzalez, Curator and Acting Department Head, Contemporary Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

Jodi Hauptman, Senior Curator, Department of Drawings and Prints, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

Lauren Haynes, Curator, Contemporary Art, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR

Ethan Lasser, Theodore E. Stebbins Jr. Curator of American Art and Head, Division of European and American Art, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, MA

Soyoung Lee, Curator, Department of Asian Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

Victoria Sancho Lobis, Prince Trust Curator, Department of Prints and Drawings, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Mia Locks, Independent curator, New York, NY

Elizabeth Siegel, Curator of Photography, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

For more information about the 2018 Fellows, click here.


Joseph Shaikewitz
Center for Curatorial Leadership


2018 CCL Fellows Press Release (download)