Center for Curatorial Leadership Announces 2019 Fellows

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The 2019 Center for Curatorial Leadership Fellows. Top row from left: Endia Beal, David Breslin, Johanna Burton, Dennis Carr, Susan Cross, Ryan N. Dennis. Bottom row from left: Susanne Ebbinghaus, Tuliza Fleming, Sara Krajewski, Courtney J Martin, René Morales, Sarah Kelly Oehler.

The Center for Curatorial Leadership (CCL) has selected twelve curators for participation in the 2019 class of its annual Fellowship. Following the organization’s most competitive review process to date, the cohort chosen for the program will convene from January through May 2019. The program includes three weeks of in-session instruction, residencies with museum directors, the development of a Diversity Mentoring Initiative at their home institutions, and regular communication as they shape their views and understandings of cultural leadership. 

The 2019 Fellows will join CCL from a dozen museums from across the United States—three-quarters of which are sending a curator to the program for the first time. Each participant demonstrates a strong commitment to advancing the museum landscape and promoting inclusive staffing structures, expansive curatorial frameworks, and robust engagement with art and audiences. The group features curators working in university art galleries, culturally and geographically specific museums, community arts spaces, venues for experimental contemporary practice, as well as some of the most important encyclopedic institutions in the country. 

The 2019 cohort is characterized by a proven dedication to scholarly work that broadens the boundaries of art history, institutions, and collaboration. Ryan N. Dennis, as Curator & Programs Director at Project Row Houses, recently organized the Houston presentation of Black Women Artists for Black Lives Matter, which highlighted questions of racial and female visibility and self-determination. Across more than one decade at the Pérez Art Museum Miami, René Morales, Curator, has spearheaded new acquisitions and exhibitions of Latin American modernism and contemporary art while also teaching coursework at Florida International University. Endia Beal, a practicing photographer and Director of the Diggs Gallery at Winston-Salem State University, has leveraged connections and a driven staff to mount ambitious exhibitions around race and representation. Many curators in the class of 2019 have deepened the field of American art in ways ranging from the creation of working groups around Native American and indigenous artists (David Breslin, Whitney Museum of American Art) and exhibitions of work by black artists across the twentieth-century (Tuliza Fleming, National Museum of African American History and Culture, and Sarah Kelly Oehler, Art Institute of Chicago) to the study and presentation of pre-Columbian and Latin American collections (Dennis Carr, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston). As the cohort engages in a robust curriculum of conversations, workshops, and assignments that push their understandings of leadership and the 21st century museum, their continued openness to creating new connections and cultural meaning will expand their engagement with the Fellowship and with one another.

Class of 2019

Endia Beal, Director, Diggs Gallery, Winston-Salem State University, Winston-Salem, NC

David Breslin, DeMartini Family Curator and Director of the Collection, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

Johanna Burton, Keith Haring Director and Curator of Education and Public Engagement, New Museum, New York, NY

Dennis Carr, Carolyn and Peter Lynch Curator of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture, Art of the Americas, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, MA

Susan Cross, Curator of Visual Arts, MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA

Ryan N. Dennis, Curator & Programs Director, Project Row Houses, Houston, TX

Susanne Ebbinghaus, George M.A. Hanfmann Curator of Ancient Art and Head, Division of Asian and Mediterranean Art, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, MA

Tuliza Fleming, Curator of American Art, National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, DC

Sara Krajewski, The Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR

Courtney J Martin, Deputy Director and Chief Curator, Dia Art Foundation, New York, NY

René Morales, Curator, Pérez Art Museum Miami, Miami, FL

Sarah Kelly Oehler, Field-McCormick Chair and Curator of American Art, Department of American Art, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL


For more information about the 2019 Fellows, click here.

Joseph Shaikewitz
Center for Curatorial Leadership



2019 CCL Fellows Press Release (download)