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Biographies for 2011 AAMC Presidential Slate

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Carol S. Eliel

Curator of Modern Art

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Carol Eliel, Curator of Modern Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, joined LACMA in 1984. She has organized numerous exhibitions of classic modern art (including The Apocalyptic Landscapes of Ludwig Meidner, 1989; and L’Esprit Nouveau: Purism in Paris, 1918-1925, 2001), cutting-edge contemporary art (including Annette Messager, 1995; and Contemporary Projects 6: Mariko Mori, 1998), and mid-century art (including SoCal: Southern California Art of the 1960s and 70s from LACMA’s Collection, 2007; and David Smith: Cubes and Anarchy, opening at LACMA in spring 2011).  Her exhibitions, many of which have travelled nationally and internationally, have received support from the NEA, The Warhol Foundation, The Judith Rothschild Foundation, AFAA, Pro Helvetia, Agnes Gund, the Dedalus Foundation, and many other sources.


Carol is also actively involved with acquisitions for LACMA’s permanent collection and has spearheaded additions to the museum’s holdings ranging from Yves Tanguy to Lee Krasner to Helen Pashgian to Sterling Ruby.  She received her B.A. from Yale and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.  In 1999 she was named Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government for her dedication to presenting French art to American audiences.  In addition to her work at LACMA she has lectured across the country and has published on a wide variety of subjects ranging from 18th-century French painting to contemporary art. 

Helen C. Evans

Mary and Michael Jaharis Curator for Byzantine Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art


Helen C. Evans is the Mary and Michael Jaharis Curator for Byzantine Art in charge of The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s collections of Early Christian and Byzantine art.  Educated at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University (PhD, 1990), she has been associated with the Museum since 1983 as a Hagop Kevorkian, Chester Dale, and J. Clawson Mills Fellow and since 1991 as a curator. 


Dr. Evans has written more numerous scholarly articles and co-authored the scholarly catalogues for the exhibitions she has organized, or co-organized, at The Pierpont Morgan Library and The Walters Art Museum, Treasures in Heaven: Armenian Illuminated Manuscripts (1994), and at the Metropolitan, Textiles of Late Antiquity (1996), The Glory of Byzantium, AD 843-1261 (1997), The Glory of Byzantium at Sinai: Religious Treasures from the Holy Monastery of St. Catherine, Egypt (1997 also at the Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece), and Byzantium: Faith and Power (1261-1557) (2004).  The Glory of Byzantium, AD 843-1261 was named one of the top three exhibitions of 1997 by Apollo Magazine and its catalogue was a finalist for the College Art Associations’ Alfred J. Barr, Jr. Award (1998).  In 2005 the exhibition catalogue for Byzantium: Faith and Power (1261-1557) received the Alfred J. Barr, Jr. Award, as well as the Art Libraries Society of North America’s George Wittenbern Memorial Book Award and the exhibition was also named one of the outstanding exhibitions of the year by the New York Times and Apollo Magazine. 


In 2008, Dr. Evans coordinated the exhibition The Philippe de Montebello Years: Curators Celebrate Three Decades of Collecting” in honor of the director’s retirement in 2008, which was recognized as one of the top ten shows of 2009 by the Wall Street Journal. Dr. Evans organized the Museum’s reinstallation of the Mary and Michael Jaharis Galleries of Byzantine Art (2000), their expansion (2008), and the Treasury of the Monastery of St. Catherine, Sinai, Egypt (2001). 


She has taught at Columbia University, the University of Chicago, the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU, and Oberlin College, been the recipient of many grants, and lectured extensively in Europe and America.  She has been given the American Hellenic Institute’s Hellenic Heritage Achievement Award (2005); the Newcomb College, Tulane University, College Alumna of the Year Award (2005), the Mesrop Masthot Award, The Armenian Catholicosate of Cilicia (2008); and was the inaugural recipient of the Axion Estin Foundation and The Rev. Peter N. Kyriakos Endowment Axion Award of Excellence (2010).


Dr. Evans has been chair of the Editorial Board for The Art Bulletin (2007-2009) and of the Metropolitan’s Forum of Curators and Conservators (1998-1999), and a member of the boards of the International Center for Medieval Art (2001-2003), the Alumni Association of the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU (frequently 1990 - 2006); the Byzantine Studies Conference (1993-1996), and chairman of the board of the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Gardens (1997-2000). Dr. Evans is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the American Associates of the St. Catherine Foundation, the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture, Hellenic College, and co- vice president of the American Association of Museum Curators.  

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