Center for Curatorial Leadership Announces 2016 Fellows

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Top row from left: Richard Aste, Peter Barberie, Caroline Campbell, Doryun Chong, Jay Clarke, Susan Fisher. Second row from left: Vera Grant, Randall Griffey, Valerie Hillings, Theresa Papanikolas, Daniel Schulman, Reto Thüring.

Center for Curatorial Leadership Announces Selection of Ninth Class of Curatorial Fellows

Twelve Curators to Convene in 2016 for Five Months of Intensive Training


The Center for Curatorial Leadership (CCL) has announced its ninth class of curatorial fellows, which includes twelve outstanding individuals from arts organizations in the United States, Hong Kong, and London. The 2016 program begins on January 10 in New York City. A committee of museum directors and CCL alumni selected the participants from the largest and most competitive applicant pool to date. These emerging art museum leaders have demonstrated curatorial excellence within their field, as well as a commitment to connecting with diverse audiences, fostering collaboration across departments, and addressing art museums’ challenges in innovative ways. This exceptional cohort will soon join a distinguished network of CCL alumni that includes almost 100 individuals who are shaping the future of arts institutions across the world.

The new class represents an unprecedented variety of arts organizations. This year, CCL has focused more than ever on incorporating experienced curators who are currently working in nontraditional arts institutions. Among these individuals are Vera Grant, the inaugural director of the recently founded Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African & African American Art at the Hutchins Center at Harvard University; Susan Fisher, a distinguished curator of modern and contemporary art and the executive director at the Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation; and Daniel Schulman, a specialist in African American art who has curated exhibitions at large metropolitan museums and is now working in a civic capacity as the director of visual art for the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. The group also includes two dynamic international participants—Doryun Chong, chief curator at M+ in Hong Kong, and Caroline Campbell, interim head of the curatorial department and curator of Italian paintings at the National Gallery in London. By expanding the range of perspectives in the group, CCL aims to enrich the dialogue about the evolving roles and structures of arts institutions in contemporary society.

Class of 2016:

  • RICHARD ASTE, Curator of European Art, Brooklyn Museum
  • PETER BARBERIE, The Brodsky Curator of Photographs, Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • CAROLINE CAMPBELL, Interim Head of the Curatorial Department and Curator of Italian Paintings before 1500, National Gallery, London
  • DORYUN CHONG, Chief Curator, M+, Hong Kong, China
  • JAY CLARKE, Manton Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, MA
  • SUSAN FISHER, Executive Director & Chief Curator, The Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation, New York, NY
  • VERA GRANT, Director, The Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African and African American Art, Harvard University
  • RANDALL GRIFFEY, Associate Curator, Department of Modern and Contemporary Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • VALERIE HILLINGS, Curator and Manager, Curatorial Affairs, Abu Dhabi Project Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
  • THERESA PAPANIKOLAS, Curator of European and American Art, Honolulu Museum of Art
  • DANIEL SCHULMAN, Director of Visual Art, Chicago Cultural Center / Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
  • RETO THURING, Curator of Contemporary Art, Cleveland Museum of Art

Hannah Howe
Center for Curatorial Leadership


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