Center for Curatorial Leadership Announces 2020 Fellows

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The 2020 Center for Curatorial Leadership Fellows. Top row from left: Ian Alteveer, Esther Bell, Connie Butler, Kristen Collins, Anne Ellgood, Turry Flucker. Bottom row from left: Silvia Forni, Aimée Froom, Madhuvanti Ghose, Anna Marley, Asma Naeem, Maurita Poole.

The Center for Curatorial Leadership (CCL) is pleased to announce the thirteenth cohort of curators participating in its annual Fellowship. Following a rigorous and competitive review process, twelve curators were selected based on their demonstrated curatorial achievements, commitment to expanding audiences, and openness to creative and entrepreneurial thinking. The classwill convene from January through May 2020.

The program curriculum teaches curators skills that will help them consider their roles within their institutions and the profession at large. Over five months, the Fellows will undertake a custom-designed curriculum taught by Columbia Business School professors, participate in individualized residencies with museum directors, and develop Diversity Mentoring Initiative projects at their home institutions. The program emphasizes interdisciplinary approaches to leadership, self-knowledge, and the social responsibility of museums. 

The 2020 Fellows join CCL from twelve museums across the United States and Canada, half of which have never before sent a curator to CCL—including the Hammer Museum, the Baltimore Museum of Art, and the Tougaloo College Art Collections. Others join from institutions such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Art Institute of Chicago that have a legacy of participating Fellows.  Discussions about the role of museums and the skills necessary to run them will be enriched by the spectrum of institutional types represented—from large-scale civic encyclopedic museums, to non-collecting centers of artistic experimentation, to collections on the campuses of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, to regional museums and those grown out of focused private collections.  

The curators not only join with this range of institutional contexts, but also bring individual track records of scholarly work that broaden the boundaries of art history, promote diversity and create opportunities for collaboration. The balanced range of art historical specializations represented, including historic Islamic art, contemporary African American art, South Asian and Himalayan art, and Medieval European art, will further enrich conversation.

At a time when the expectations of museums are rapidly evolving, the Center for Curatorial Leadership empowers curators with the skills, network, and experience necessary to assume and succeed in leadership positions. Connecting diverse cohorts of museum professionals offers cross-disciplinary learning that is not possible within a single institution. The 2020 cohort promises to add yet further richness to these conversations.

Congratulations to the CCL Class of 2020!


Ian Alteveer, Aaron I. Fleischman Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

Esther Bell, Robert and Martha Berman Lipp Chief Curator, Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, MA

Connie Butler, Chief Curator, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA

Kristen Collins, Curator, Manuscripts Department, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA

Anne Ellegood, Executive Director, Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

Turry M. Flucker, Director and Curator, Tougaloo College Art Collections, Tougaloo, MS

Silvia Forni, Senior Curator, Royal Ontario Museum, Ontario, Canada

Aimée Froom, Curator, Art of the Islamic Worlds, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Houston, TX

Madhuvanti Ghose, Alsdorf Associate Curator of Indian, Southeast Asian, Himalayan and Islamic Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Anna Marley, Curator of Historical American Art, Director of the Center for the Study of the American Artist, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Asma Naeem, The Eddie C. and C. Sylvia Brown Chief Curator, The Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD

Maurita Poole, Director and Curator, Clark Atlanta University Art Museum, Atlanta, GA 



For more information about the 2020 Fellows, click here.

Emma Payne
Center for Curatorial Leadership