Emily Mazzola

Emily Mazzola

Emily is a doctoral student in the Department of History of Art and Architecture at the University of Pittsburgh under the supervision of Professor Kirk Savage. She specializes in the art of the United States, with a particular interest in political portraiture and exhibition history. While in residence at the University of Pittsburgh, she served as the 2018-2019 A.W. Mellon Fellow in Curation and Education. Her dissertation examines the identity politics of the Smithsonian’s First Ladies Hall, analyzing the intractable issues of gender and power in American society. Emily received her MA in Art History from the University of Connecticut. Her master’s thesis, “Enabling Authority: Ellen Emmet Rand, President Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Power of Portraiture,” explored questions of female creative agency, cultural memory, and the representation of non-normative bodies. She has previously held internship positions at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, as well as a curatorial fellowship at the Fitchburg Art Museum. Her research and curatorial practice is committed to museum social responsibility and activism. 

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Announcing CCL’s Seventh Annual Seminar in Curatorial Practice Cohort

The Center for Curatorial Leadership (CCL) is pleased to announce the seventh annual class of the CCL/Mellon Foundation Seminar in Curatorial Practice. Full bios for the fourteen doctoral students in this year’s cohort linked here. Since 2014 and with the support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, CCL has provided ... Read More >