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2019 Diversity Fellowship

Since 2000, ArtTable’s Diversity Fellowship Program has served 81 female graduate students of color. Through placements at local arts institutions across the country, ArtTable provides real work experience and mentorship to 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 stipend for an eight week commitment. 
 
ArtTable is pleased to announce the fellows and hosts of the 2019 ArtTable Diversity Fellowship for the Visual Arts! We congratulate the following women and look forward to welcoming them into the ArtTable circle this summer, as they take the next steps in their promising careers.

ArtTable Diversity Fellows

Summer 2019

Maríá Beatriz Haro-Carrión is a doctoral student in Art History at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where she specializes in nineteenth- and twentieth-century art of the Americas. Her research interests include the intersection of race, politics, and landscape, as well as issues of archivability, film, and photography. She holds an M.A. in Art History from Tulane University and a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Universidad San Francisco de Quito. Her writing has appeared in Hemispheres: Visual Art of the Americas, Artelogie, and Athanor.  

This summer, as the Elaine Goldman ArtTable Diversity Fellow at the Morgan Library & Museum, New York, Maria will work with Joel Smith, The Richard L. Menschel Curator of Photography, and the department’s Edith Gowin Curatorial Fellow to conduct research for a forthcoming collection-based exhibition that will focus on specific stages and facets of the creative process in photography

Cindy Hernandez is a Cuban/Colombian graduate student in History of Design & Curatorial Studies at The New School/Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, where she focuses on 20th century and contemporary design.  She completed her B.A. in English with honors at Florida International University (2017).  She has previously held internships and fellowships at Cooper Hewitt, The Wolfsonian-Florida International University, and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami.  Currently, Cindy is focused on kickstarting and expanding Consumer Aesthetics Research Institute (c-a-r-i.org), an online design historical collective where she acts as curatorial lead

This summer as the Lenore G. Tawney Foundation Fellow at the Museum at F.I.T., she will report primarily to the Collections and Education Assistant, Michelle McVicker (ArtTable Diversity Fellow, 2017) working on specific collections management projects including object photography and flat storage assessment. She will also work with Collen Hill, Curator of Costume and Accessories, and Elizabeth Way, Assistant Curator, conducting curatorial research relating to the upcoming exhibition "Food and Fashion." This will include reviewing historical periodicals for editorial images related to food and fashion and creating annotated bibliographies and research reports for the curators on the history of food trends that relate to fashion and visual culture.
Alicia Valencia is graduating this spring 2019 from Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD), with an MDes in Art, Design, and the Public Domain.  She completed her undergraduate education as a Brown | RISD Dual Degree student, earning an Sc.B in Psychology from Brown University and a BFA in Furniture Design from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). Previous museum experience includes work as an Early Childhood Interpretation Intern for the Boston Museum of Science; as an Exhibit Design Intern at the Providence Children’s Museum; and as an Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Intern for the Decorative Arts and Design Department at the RISD Museum. The combination of her academic and studio-based interests informs Alicia’s current practice in researching and designing public interventions, such as playgrounds or informal multigenerational educational spaces, that support mental health for marginalized low-income youth and elderly populations. Alicia’s studies have centered on exploring designs for potential human conditions, and in her current practice, she investigates contemporary and future therapeutic intervention strategies for memory-care nursing homes that cater to dementia.
 
This summer, as the Catherine Hannah Behrend ArtTable Diversity Fellow at the Philadelphia Musem of Art,  Alicia will be working with Greg Stuart, Museum Educator, Adult Learning, Emily Schreiner, The Zoë and Dean Pappas Curator of Education, Public Programs,and Jenni Drozdek, Assistant Director for Interpretation to plan and prepare a series of public programs with interactive learning components for Beyond the Horizon: Designs for Different Futures (Fall 2019), an exhibition that will showcase artists, architects, and designers at the vanguard of thinking about our individual and collective human futures.

 
Chelsea Adewunmi is a doctorial student in Englsh Literature at Princeton University,  focusing on African American literature, performance studies, and visual culture. She received an M.A. in Performance Studies at New York University, Tisch School of the Arts (2008), and her B.A. in English at Vassar College.  Her scholarly writing has been published in Reading Contemporary Performance (Routledge, 2015), and she is a member of the editorial collective of the academic journal Women and Performance. She has taught as a lecturer at Princeton University and Rutgers University, and spoken internationally on women, performance, and the arts at the University of Sussex and the Royal Irish Academy.  In addition to her academic work, she has worked as a dramaturg for visual artist/choreographer Jill Sigman, and as a performer for the Performa Biennial's restaging of Allan Kaprow's 18 Happenings in 6 Parts, which won the AICA (International Association of Art Critics) Award for Best Performance under the direction and curation of Andre Lepecki.  Most recently, she has applied her love for art, culture, and African American studies to the role of Associate Producer for a forthcoming documentary film on African American art.  She will be speaking on art and club culture at the Smithsonian’s Hirschhorn Museum in May of 2019.

This summer, as the Lila Harnett ArtTable Diversity Fellow at the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum, Chelsea will be working with the curatorial staff iassisting with the research, writing, and organization of the upcoming Lorraine O’Grady retrospective to be presented in early 2020.
Aanchal Bakshi recently completed her MA Costume Studies from New York University, where she also served as the Graduate Program Assistant for the duration of her degree. She started her career in design, but soon gravitated towards the sociology of fashion. Aanchal has an interest in subcultures and style tribes, and her MA thesis focused on the relationship between skateboarding culture and the fashion industry.  She continues to research on the appropriation of subcultures by mainstream fashion and media. Previously, she also co-curated “Gray Area: Authenticity, Value, and Subversion in Fashion” in New York City, where her case study focused on subversion through artist Ari Saal Forman’s "Menthol 10s Sneakers."

This summer as the Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation ArtTable Diversity Fellow at the Queens Museum, Aanchal will be working on components of the for the forthcoming exhibition exploring Hip Hop in Queens, (title forthcoming), slated for presentation in Fall 2020, and co-curated by Ralph McDaniels, Hip Hop Coordinator at Queens Library, pioneering music video director, and co-creator/host of MTV's Video Music Box; and Herb Tam, Curator and Director of Exhibitions at the Museum of Chinese in America, the curator of A Jamaica, Queens Thing: Rap and the Crack Era in South Jamaica, Queens(2007) The project will explore the origins of hip hop in the borough of Queens since the late 1970s. In addition to oral histories, documentary video and photography, music ephemera, fashion, and listening stations, the exhibition will include work by contemporary artists that explores the broader influence of hip hop culture in local and global contexts. 
News from Recent Fellows

Briauna Tutwiler (2018 Lila Harnett ArtTable Diversity Fellow) is the Higher Education Coordinator, Phoenix Art Museum, a position she was offered upon completion of her fellowship at the Museum.

N
ana Yoshida (2018 Lenore G. Taweny Foundation ArtTable Diversity Fellow) has started blogging about fashion, culture, and social changes of New York City, as part of larger book project on "Designing in Brooklyn: 20 years of Fads, Fashion, and Social Change, 1997-2017."

Jovanna Jones (2017 Elaine Goldman ArtTable Diversity Fellow) reached her PhD candidacy and has begun working on her dissertation project,  currently titled "American Gothic: Housing, Visual Culture, and the Aesthetics of Black Space," that will be examining the image and politics of housing in documentary photography, architectural plans, and American painting from the Depression Era to Postwar Renewal.  In addiiton, most recently she received a special citation for the inaugural Gordon Parks Foundation Essay Prize at Harvard for my paper entitled "Social Photography and the Racial Politics of Place."  As a graduate intern at the Harvard Art Museums, Division of European and American Art, under the supervision of Ethan Lasser, Curator, she has been working on text for the museum's upcoming Winslow Homer (Fall 2019,) and contributing early research for a retrospective exhibit on Dave Drake, an enslaved potter in South Carolina in the 19th century.

Kimberly Jacobs (2016 Catherine Hannah Behrend Fellow, Philadelphia Museum of Art)  was appointed in September 2018 as the first Joyce Blackmon Curatorial Fellow at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, Tennessee.

Alyssa Velazquez (2016 Kress Foundation Fellow, Columbia Museum of Art) is leaving her position as a Curatorial Research Associate at the Columbia Museum of Art in South Carolina, a position which she was offered after completion of her felllowship, has just been appointed as the Curatorial Assistant, Decorative Arts and Design, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA beginning this summer.


Ashley DeHoyos (2015 Arttable/Kress Fellowship, Philadelphia Museum of Art) was appointed in Fall 2018 as the Assistant Curator, DiverseWorks, Houston, Texas.

Erika Hirugami
(2015 ArtTable/Kress Foundation Fellow, Columbia Museum of Art ) has accepted the position of Curatorial Director at the KNOW Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.  This coming Fall, she will also be beginning her Ph.D. studies in Chicana and Chicano Studies at UCLA.  Her thesis will focus on the convergence of aesthetics and transnationalism, with a special concern for undocumented Mexican experiences. Her ultimate academic goal is to generate resources about, for, and with undocumented Latinx artists.

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

If you have any questions or would like further information about this program, please contact ejoselow@arttable.org.