Lunder Curator of American Art
Kimerly Rorschach, Seattle Art Museum
Elizabeth Finch is Head Curator at the Colby College Museum of Art. In this role, Beth shapes the Colby Museum’s artistic, research, and interpretive programs and serves on the museum’s leadership team. She holds degrees in art history from the University of California at Berkeley (B.A.) and the Graduate Center, City University of New York (PhD). Beth began her curatorial career as a participant in the Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Program, after which she became a curatorial assistant at the Whitney; she then worked at the Drawing Center, New York, where she held various positions including, ultimately, that of Curator. She was named the Colby Museum’s Lunder Curator of American Art in 2008 and led from this platform until 2021, when she transitioned to her current appointment. In addition to her CCL fellowship, Beth was the recipient of an Art Writers Grant from the Warhol Foundation for her research on the Bauhaus diaspora in the United States. A skilled collaborator and lifelong arts advocate who believes in deep listening and close looking, Beth has curated and co-curated dozens of exhibitions nationally and internationally and has published and edited books, articles, and essays related to many of these projects as well as other subjects.
“Every facet of my work has benefited from participating in a program that exemplifies the transformational effects of innovative leadership. I am grateful and proud to be part of CCL's network of colleagues committed to cultivating the great potential of the 21st-century museum.”
The Center for Curatorial Leadership (CCL) is pleased to announce its 2012 class of fellows. The incoming fellows represent a cross section of the most respected curators across North America. Co-founded by Elizabeth Easton and Agnes Gund, the CCL is dedicated to expanding the leadership capacity of curators to meet the challenges of ... Read More >