Sharrissa Iqbal is a PhD Candidate in Visual Studies at the University of California, Irvine. She specializes in American art with a focus on the history of artistic abstraction on the West Coast. Her dissertation examines the intersecting histories of modern physics and abstract artwork in twentieth century Los Angeles through case studies on the artistic practices of Helen Lundeberg, Mary Corse, and Frederick Eversley. This research has been awarded a 2019-2020 Luce/ACLS Dissertation Fellowship in American Art, and is supported by the Huntington Library’s Dibner Research Fellowship in the History of Science and Technology. Sharrissa has interned in the education departments of the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, and the De Young Museum. She has worked at the Oakland Museum of California, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and conducted curatorial research at the Orange County Museum of Art. Most recently, she led public gallery tours at UC Irvine’s Institute and Museum for California Art as a graduate student docent. After earning her B.A. in Art History from the University of Southern California, Sharrissa received her M.A. in the History and Theory of Contemporary Art from the San Francisco Art Institute.
The Center for Curatorial Leadership (CCL) is pleased to announce the sixteen art history doctoral students selected for the sixth annual CCL/Mellon Foundation Seminar in Curatorial Practice. Joining from fifteen universities—six of which are sending a student to the program for the first time—this year’s cohort addresses a wide range ... Read More >