2018 Diversity Fellowship Program

As part of ArtTable's mission to advance opportunities for the next generation entering the field and address the marked lack of diversity in arts employment, ArtTable’s Diversity Fellowship program has, since 2000, served 76 female graduate students from underrepresented backgrounds, giving them positions in a visual arts organization, a stipend, and a leg up in the arts world. Through placements at local arts institutions across the country, ArtTable is providing real work experience and mentorship to these graduate students, aiding their transition from academic to professional careers. 
Through one-on-one mentoring relationships with ArtTable members, fellows have the opportunity to work with an established leader in the field and gain exposure to a range of professional activities. Each fellow receives a $3,000 stipend for an eight week commitment.

This year we are most grateful to Lila Harnett, founding ArtTable member, ArtTable members Catherine H. Behrend, Elaine Goldman, and Kathleen Mangan, Director, the Lenore G. Tawney Foundation, and the Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation.  If you are interested in funding a fellow, or know of local resources for additional support, please contact Evie Joselow at ejoselow@arttable.org. 
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ArtTable Diversity Fellows
Summer 2018
Alisa Prince is a doctoral student in Visual and Cultural Studies at the University of Rochester. Based in critical race theory, her work focuses on the history of photography, the roles of race and gender in identity construction, and artistic forms of resistance, all within the 20th and 21st century. She is also interested in Black Feminist traditions, cultural politics, historiography, and the genealogies of Blackness. Alisa serves as editorial board member of InVisible Culture, a journal for visual culture. Alisa is also a visual artist working in the photographic and printmaking mediums

This summer, as the Elaine Goldman ArtTable Diversity Fellow at the Morgan Library & Museum, New York, Alisa will work primarily with Joel Smith, The Richard Menschel Curator of Photography, and the department’s Edith Gowin Curatorial Fellow to conduct primary research and compile information to be used in didactic materials and publications for the three forthcoming photography exhibitions including highlights from the National Gallery of Canada; a thematic selection of works from the Morgan’s photography holdings from the entire historical range of the medium; and the work of photographer Duane Michals, which, additionally will include objects from most or all other department collections at the Morgan, selected by the artist.

Nana (Natsue) Yoshida  recently completed her M.A. in Arts Administration at the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences at Baruch College, where she also previously completed a bachelor’s degree in Small Business Management (BBA, 2009) at the Zicklin School of Business. She also completed a certificate as a Wardrobe Technician and Costume Design Specialist from Fashion Institute of Technology (2016). While enrolled in undergraduate school in the 2000s, Nana also worked as a freelance costume designer creating costumes from scratch for several movies and for a number of recording artists, including Rihanna, Lauryn Hill, Lil Kim, and Eve, for their photo shoots, video shoots, and concert tours.

This summer as the Lenore G. Tawney Foundation Fellow at the Museum of the City of New York, Nana will closely with Morgen Stevens-Garmon, Associate Curator for the Theater Collection, conducting exhibition research, object description, on an exhibition on women costume designers of the 1920s and 1930s, tentatively titled The Art of the Showgirl.  Nana will have the opportunity to contribute significantly to the direction of a planned exhibition and gain a better understanding of the Museum’s curatorial operations.  She will also work alongside Assistant Curator of Costumes and Textiles, Grace Hernandez, and with the supervision of Phyllis Magidson, Curator of Costume and Textiles, as she carries out assessment of women’s mid-19th century garments.
Nicole (Xiaoqi) Huang is currently a graduate student pursuing her M.A in Art History, specializing in Chinese Art, at Boston University (completion date 2019). She received her B.A. in Art History from Dickinson College, 2017.  Previous museum experience includes work as a gallery assistant at the Goodyear Gallery, Dickinson College, the Opera Duomo Museum, as a tour guide providing interpretive services to visitors, a curatorial intern at the Allentown Art Museum, and as a education intern at the Shanghai Museum of Glass.  From Shanghai, China, Nicole is interested in a broad range of subjects including visual arts and culture in Shanghai (1842-1949); Buddhist caves at Dunhuang; early masters of Japanese Ukiyo-e prints; and Chinese porcelains and export ware.
This summer, as the Catherine Hannah Behrend ArtTable Diversity Fellow at the Philadelphia Musem of Art, Nicole will work with directly with Greg Stuart, Museum Educator, Adult Learning, and Emily Schreiner The Zoë and Dean Pappas Curator of Education, Public Programs to develop an animated series of public programs focused on the current reinstallation of the museums Chinese galleries (scheduled to reopen in 2019).   She will also be work closely with other project collaborators both internally at the Museum, and externally in the local Asian communities and contribute to the Public Program team’s work in developing a range of programs that allow contemporary audience to make meaningful connections to a historic installation.


Briauna Tutwiler is completing her M.A. in Museum Studies at the University of San Francisco (2018). Briauna earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Cultural Anthropology at Southern Connecticut State University. Her interest in history and culture led her to the New Haven Museum where she interned in the Education Department. She then spent five months exploring and studying in Australia where she volunteered in collections, quickly earning a job as a Museum Assistant at the Australian History Museum.  Now living in San Francisco, Briauna has volunteered as a docent at USF’s Thacher Gallery, and also interned at the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) in the education department. Through MoAD she began her position as a Teaching Artist, working with Title I schools to facilitate art creation, cultural heritage learning, and teaching students about various art terms and techniques. Recently, Briauna also began working at the California Historical Society.   She is especially interested in accessibility, inclusivity, interpretation and engaging spaces in the museum and consequently the museum field.

This summer, as the Lila Harnett ArtTable Diversity Fellow at the Phoenix Art Museum, Briauna will work under the joint supervision of Dr. Betsy Fahlman, Adjunct Curator of American Art and Christian Adame, Assistant Education Director on the museum’s American art collections, comprised of paintings, sculptures, and prints that from the late 18thcentury to the early 20th century. She will assist Dr. Fahlman with collection research, gallery reinstallation, plotting artwork rotation, and envisioning potential collection-based exhibitions.  With Christian Adame, Briauna will gain experience with interpretation, and preparing didactic material for works from the collection. Briauna will also participate in Phoenix Art Museum’s Professional Development Program, along with other diversity interns and fellows from the Ford and Walton Family Foundations, placing ArtTable alongside a major national initiative that focuses on professional growth for emerging professionals, and giving them guidance to future career in the arts by introducing them to a broad spectrum of museum work, departments, programs, and operations.

Philomena Lopez, is currently a doctoral student in the Art History, Theory, and Criticism program at the University of California San Diego (UCSD),. She  is a Latinx cultural worker and critical scholar with specializations in Latin America and Latino Art.  Philomena earned her BA in Art History from UCLA (2015),  where she was a Ronald E. McNair Research Scholar. Prior to joining the department at UCSD, she worked and interned at various Los Angeles area art institutions including Fowler Museum at UCLA, Hammer Museum, Armory Center for the Arts, and El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument. Philomena’s interest in object- based learning harmonized with extensive in-depth academic research informs her long-term career goal of creating and circulating forms of knowledge outside traditional strategies of inclusion.
This summer as the Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation ArtTable Diversity Fellow at the Queens Museum, Philomena will work closely with Sophia Marisa Lucas, Queens International curator, and Lindsey Berfond, Assistant Curator, Public Programs on final preparations for the Eighth Queens International, a biennial exhibition of emerging and established artists living or working in Queens, that will be opening in October 2018. The full-museum exhibition will also occupy satellite sites via a partnership with the Queens Library system, and will be accompanied by a suite of programs at both institutions, and a web and print publication. Philomena will offer crucial support to all aspects of this project, especially the latter two components which will be in formative stages during the fellowship period. She will also be embedded in all aspects of day-to-day activity in the Museum, with ample opportunities to be involved in interdepartmental exchange, and collaboration with individual artists and writers, collectives, and organizational partners, along with research, writing and correspondence related to the development of all exhibition-related text and web-based didactic materials.
News from Recent Fellows
Michelle McVickers (2017 Lenore G. Tawney ArtTable Fellow at the Fabric Workshop) is the Collections and Education Assistant, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York

Heather Hughes (2016 ArtTable/Kress Fellowship at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston: Prints and Drawings Dept.) is the Senior research assistant and education manager of prints, drawings and photographs, St. Louis Art Museum

Kimberly Jacobs (2016 Catherine Hannah Behrend Fellow, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Contemporary Art and Education Depts.) was, until recently,  the Wendy Fisher Assistant Curator of Performative Practice at the Centre for Performative Practice, Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town, South Africa

Alyssa Velazquez (2016 ArtTable/Kress Fellowship at the Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, South Carolina) is the Curatorial Research Associate at the Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, South Carolina

Ashley DeHoyos (2015 Arttable/Kress Fellowship at the Philadelphia Museum of Aert)  has recently been appointed the Assistant Curator, DiverseWorks, Houston, Texas

We wish all of our past and present Fellows continued success with their achievements and look forward to following their career paths!

Follow our current fellows on the ArtTable Diversity Fellowship Blog! Your comments are welcome. If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact ejoselow@arttable.org.