Diversity Fellowship Program 2019

2019 Summer opportunities and application information will be posted shortly
As part of ArtTable's mission to advance opportunities for the next generation entering the field and to address the marked lack of diversity in arts employment,  ArtTable’s Diversity Fellowship program has, since 2000, served 81 female graduate students from underrepresented backgrounds, giving them a leg up in the arts world. Through placements at major arts institutions across the country, along with a stipend, 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 past year,  we are most grateful to Lila Harnett, founding ArtTable member, ArtTable members Catherine H. Behrend, Elaine Goldman, 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. 
View Previous ArtTable Diversity Fellows & Interns
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.

To view Alisa's Journal, documenting "a day-in-the life" of a fellow click here

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 worked closely with Morgen Stevens-Garmon, Associate Curator for the Theater Collection, and Phyllis Magidson, Curator of Costume and Textiles.  She conducted research, wrote object descriptions, and had numerous opportunities to significantly contribute significantly to tmany ongoiung projects,  and gain a better understanding of the Museum’s curatorial operations.

To read Nana's illustrated blog click here

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 worked with Greg Stuart, Museum Educator, Adult Learning, to develop an animated series of public programs focused on the current reinstallation of the museums Chinese galleries (scheduled to reopen in 2019).  She worked closely with other staff members and project collaborators both internally at the Museum, and externally in the local Asian communities and contributed to the Public Program team’s work in developing a range of programs that allow contemporary audience to make meaningful connections with the new  historic installation.  Nicole will return to the museum for the reopening of the galleries and the launch of the programs she developed in February 2019 .

 To read Nicole's journal with photos click here


Briauna Tutwiler  completed her M.A. in Museum Studies at the University of San Francisco this past May.  Previosuly, she earned her B.S. 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.  While living in San Francisco, Briauna 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. While living n San Francisco, 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 worked under the joint supervision of Dr. Betsy Fahlman, Adjunct Curator of American Art and Christian Adame, Assistant Education Director, assisting in both a curatorial and educational projects. She wrote labels and created floor plans for the exhibition In the Company of Women, and also had the exciting opportunity to develop gallery interactives for enhanced visitors experiences, including working on the first stages of an augmented reality game application.  Briauna also participated in the museum’s Professional Development Program, along with other diversity interns and fellows, participating in a new major initiative sponsored by the Ford and Walton Foundations, to create greater engagement opportunities in museums for emerging professionals.

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. Her interest in object-based learning and in-depth academic research continues to inform 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 Queens International, the eighth 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
Briauna Tutwiler (2018 Lila Harnett Diversity Fellow) is the Higher Education Coordinator, Phoenix Art Museum, a position she was offered upon completion of her fellowship at the Museum.

Jovanna Jones (2017 Elaine Goldman Fellow) is continuing her doctoral studies
in African & African American Studies with a primary field in the History of Art & Architecture, and a secondary field in the Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Harvard University, where she also currently serves as a Mellon Mays mentor and co-coordinator of the Leadership Alliance undergraduate research program.

Michelle McVicker (2017 Lenore G. Tawney ArtTable Fellow at the Fabric Workshop) is the Collections and Education Assistant, Costumer at The Museum at FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology), New York.

Heather Hughes (2016 ArtTable/Kress Fellowship at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston: Prints and Drawings Dept.) is 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.) continues her doctoral studies in Art History (Curatorial Studies) at Virginia Commonwealth University, where she is also a teaching assistant.  In April 2018, she presented a paper on Theaster Gates at the 2018 Nasher Prize Graduate Symposium held at the Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, Texas.

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, a position she was hired for upon completion of her fellowship at the museum and an M.A. in Material Culture, Bard Graduate Center, 2017

Ashley DeHoyos (2015 Arttable/Kress Fellowship at the Philadelphia Museum of Aert) is 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!

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