Alison Ferris, Senior Curator at the Des Moines Art Center, has been a curator of contemporary art for more than 20 years. Ferris directs the curatorial, registration, and installation departments that produce approximately 15 exhibitions per year and oversee the care and conservation of the 5,500 object collection including 28 works in the Pappajohn Sculpture Park. She works closely with the director on acquisitions and is also part of the leadership team that guides the vision of the Art Center.
Joining the Art Center in February 2016, Ferris reinstalled the permanent collection and curated two major 2017 exhibitions: RupturesandDrawing in Space. Currently she is organizing the first major solo exhibitions in the United States for British artist Susan Collis (2019) and Scottish artist Karla Black (2020). Ferris is committed to supporting art by women and people-of-color and frequently works with international artists who have installation, photography, and material-based practices.
Prior to her appointment at the Art Center, Ferris was Curator at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center and the Bowdoin College Museum of Art. Ferris holds an M.A. in Art History from Binghamton University, N.Y. and a B.A. in Art History from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.
Highlights from the two-week January intensive of the Center for Curatorial Leadership annual leadership program This January, the Center for Curatorial Leadership (CCL) welcomed its eleventh class of Fellows for a two-week leadership intensive in New York City. A group of twelve curators from institutions across the United States convened ... Read More >
The 2018 Center for Curatorial Leadership (CCL) Fellowship concluded this May with a weeklong intensive in Houston, Texas. Over the course of the final convening, the Fellows expanded on their lessons from the five-month period of the program and explored various models of museum leadership. Through Houston’s rich cultural landscape ... Read More >
Twelve Curators Selected for 2018 Leadership Training Program The Center for Curatorial Leadership (CCL) has selected twelve curators to participate in its annual fellowship program for 2018. The incoming class of Fellows will join the organization in New York City in January for an initial two weeks of instruction, followed ... Read More >
Congratulations to Nora Burnett Abrams (CCL 2018) on her appointment to the Mark G. Falcone Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver! Most recently the Ellen Bruss Curator and Director of Planning, Abrams has been at the MCA Denver since 2010. She has curated 0ver 30 exhibitions while at the museum, including Tara ... Read More >