First of the Andrew W. Mellon Undergraduate Fellows in Curatorial Training Announced By Five Major American Museums

Jo-Carolyn Goode | 11/12/2014, 1:41 p.m.
The Art Institute of Chicago, the High Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the Museum ...
Some students in the Andrew W. Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship Program

The Art Institute of Chicago, the High Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH), and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art are pleased to announce the first class of fellows designated for The Andrew W. Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship Program, which provides specialized training in the curatorial field for students across the United States from diverse backgrounds. The students start their fellowships this fall.

The fellowship initiative is generously supported by a grant of $2,073,000 from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. A National Fellowship Coordinator based at LACMA, The fellowship seeks to make a critical impact on American art museums by developing gifted curators who are committed to engaging with the full spectrum of museum audiences. Fellows will participate in The Andrew W. Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship Program throughout their undergraduate career, with the goal of continuing their education through graduate work. The program is open to freshman and sophomore students, enrolled in undergraduate programs located near the partner museums, representing historically underrepresented groups in the curatorial field or who support the goal of promoting inclusive, pluralistic museums.

Ten students from across the country have been selected for this intensive program, following Summer Academies—consisting of workshops, tours, field trips and networking events with museum professionals—that were held at each museum over the summer. The selected students are (bios start on p. 3):

 Art Institute of Chicago: Sarah Molina, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; curatorial mentor, Janice Katz, Roger L. Weston associate curator of Japanese art. Sheridan Tucker, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; curatorial mentor, Sarah Kelly Oehler, Gilda and Henry Buchbinder associate curator of American art.

 High Museum of Art: Luis David Blanco, Emory University; curatorial mentor, Michael Rooks, Wieland Family curator of modern and contemporary art. Christy Nitzanah Griffin, Georgia State University; curatorial mentor, Stephanie Mayer Heydt, Margaret and Terry Stent curator of American art.

 Los Angeles County Museum of Art: Nicolas Orozco-Valdivia, Pomona College; curatorial mentor, Stephen Little, curator and department head of Chinese and Korean art. Lilia Rocio Taboada, University of California, Los Angeles; curatorial mentor, Leslie Jones, curator of prints and drawings.

 The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston: Jennifer Cernada, Rice University; curatorial mentor, Mari Carmen Ramirez, Wortham curator of Latin American art and director, International Center for the Arts of the Americas. Stormy Hamilton, Texas Southern University; curatorial mentor, Alison de Lima Greene, curator of contemporary art and special projects.

 The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art: Myles Cheadle, University of Missouri-Kansas City; curatorial mentor, April Watson, curator of photography. Issac Logsdon, Kansas City Art Institute, curatorial mentor, Stephanie Knappe, Samuel Sosland curator of American art.

The selected fellows participate in a multiyear program that provides hands-on experience inside a museum setting, such as working with curators and staff on exhibitions, collections, and programs. Designed as a series of ongoing summer internships at the museum, followed by continued engagement during the academic school year, the program provides museum mentors and a stipend to the fellows. Mentors will work with students to enrich the academic experience and to increase exposure to the museum environment while broadening the students’ understanding of art and art history.