Deborah Cullen

Deborah Cullen

Deborah Cullen, PhD, is Director & Chief Curator of the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University, New York. In fall 2014, Cullen curated the first retrospective on printmaker Robert Blackburn (1920-2003) for the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora, at University of Maryland, College Park. She wrote her dissertation for CUNY Graduate Center on the legendary Jamaican-American printmaker. She recently curated Interruption: The 30th Biennial of Graphic Arts (Ljubljana, Slovenia, fall 2013). In 2012, Cullen was Chief Curator of The Hive: The Third Poligraphic Trienal of San Juan (Puerto Rico). Previously, Cullen served at El Museo del Barrio, New York, for over 15 years. As Director of Curatorial Programs, her projects included participating in the curatorial team and co-editing the 500-page anthology, Caribbean: Crossroads of the World (2012); in addition to curating Retro/Active: The Work of Rafael Ferrer (2010, and authoring the monograph Rafael Ferrer for UCLA’s Chicano Studies Research Center), Nexus New York: Latin/American Artists in the Modern Metropolis (2009), and Arte (no es) Vida: Actions by Artists of the Americas 1960-2000 (2008), for which she received a 2006 Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Award.

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Deborah Cullen (CCL 2010) named Director of the Bronx Museum of the Arts

We're delighted that Deborah Cullen (CCL 2010) has been named Director of the Bronx Museum of the Arts! Deborah participated in the CCL Fellowship in 2010 as Director of Curatorial Programs at El Museo del Barrio, and in 2012 was appointed Director and Chief Curator at the Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University in the ... Read More >


Deborah Cullen (CCL 2010) Named Director of Wallach Gallery at Columbia University

Congrats to Deborah Cullen on her appointment as director and chief curator of the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery.  “Deborah Cullen has the experience and vision not just to plan for and shepherd the move to Manhattanville,” said Nicholas B. Dirks, dean of the Faculty of Arts and ... Read More >