Anne Sutherland Harris

Born in the UK, and raised on both sides of the Atlantic, Ann Sutherland Harris received a BA (1961) and PhD (1965) from the University of London, with a specialization in Italian 17th century art. 
 
She has taught at Columbia University, Barnard, Hunter College, SUNY Albany, and since 1984, as a tenured professor of the history of art and architecture at the University of Pittsburgh.
 
Sutherland Harris feels that she is not being honored for her achievements as an art historian of European Renaissance and Baroque art, but rather for rocking a few professional boats overloaded with pale males to make room for women.
 
In 1970, Sutherland Harris helped research and write a report that enabled Professor Bernice Sandler to use an Executive Order of President Johnson that forbade discrimination in hiring practices by recipients of federal funding to sue Columbia University for discriminating against women in its hiring practices.  She then helped to end discriminatory practices at the College Art Association by founding the Women’s Caucus for Art, and was its first President from 1972-74.
 
Next, she co-curated with Linda Nochlin an exhibition, Women Artists, 1550-1950 (for the Los Angeles County Museum, and three other locations in 1976-77) that helped to open up the field of art history in the US and in Europe to serious research on women artists and gender issues.  Finally, when asked by Mrs. Wallace Holladay to which women’s college she should give her art collection of works by women artists, Sutherland Harris told her that she should start a museum dedicated to them. To her enormous credit, she did: the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., which has now been open for twenty-five years.
 
Sutherland Harris continues to write about women artists such as Artemisia Gentileschi and Alice Neel, and has supervised PhDs about powerful women patrons (Amalia van Solms) and major women artists (Rachel Ruysch).  She has also written a book about seventeenth-century art and architecture.

One to Watch: Lynn Zelevansky

Lynn Zelevansky has been The Henry J. Heinz II Director of Carnegie Museum of Art since August 2009. She recently co-organized Paul Thek: A Retrospective, which premiered at the Whitney Museum in New York in fall 2010 before coming to Pittsburgh and then traveling to the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles.  Previously, she was the Terri and Michael Smooke curator and department head, contemporary art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Among the many exhibitions she organized there were Beyond Geometry: Experiments in Form, 1940s – 70s, which traveled to the Miami Art Museum and was named Best Thematic Exhibition Nationally by the International Association of Art Critics (AICA) and Best Exhibition in the Pacific Time Zone by the Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC), and Love Forever: Yayoi Kusama, 1958-68 (1998). Prior to arriving in Los Angeles in 1995, Zelevansky was a member of the Department of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art, New York where she organized Projects shows for artists such as Gabriel Orozco and Cildo Meireles, and curated Sense and Sensibility: Women Artists and Minimalism in the Nineties (1994).  Zelevansky has published widely on modern and contemporary art.  She holds a BFA from Pratt Institute, and an MA from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.