Catherine Futter

Catherine Futter


CCL Class of 2014


Brooklyn Museum


Senior Curator of Decorative Arts

Institution at time of Fellowship

Nelson-Atkins Museum


Matthew Teitelbaum, Art Gallery of Ontario - AGO

Catherine Futter is the Director of Curatorial Affairs at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. She was previously the Louis L. and Adelaide C. Ward Senior Curator of European Arts. She has completed several reinstallation projects, a major international loan traveling exhibition and numerous contemporary art and design exhibitions. A specialist in 19th through 21st century European and American decorative arts and design, Catherine has focused on the interaction between different cultures and their influence on the decorative arts.

Catherine has served on the Museum's Strategic Leadership Group since 2009 and currently is the manager of the museum’s initiative for a cultural arts district, involving civic, institutional and neighborhood partnerships for improved connectivity through infrastructure. She is co-chair of the Career Support Committee of the Association of Art Museum Curators, a mentor for the 2012-2013 year of the AAMC Mentoring Program and serves as a mentor for MINDDRIVE, a program for at-risk high school students.

Every day I reflect on how CCL gave me the ability to think more strategically and effectively in all aspects of my present and future work.

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