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2012 CCL Fellows Announced

Monday, October 24, 2011   (1 Comments)
Posted by: Sally Block
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For Immediate Release:






New York, NY, October 24, 2011 – The Center for Curatorial Leadership (CCL) is pleased to announce its 2012 class of fellows. The incoming fellows represent a cross section of the most respected curators across North America. 


Co-founded by Elizabeth Easton and Agnes Gund, the CCL is dedicated to expanding the leadership capacity of curators to meet the challenges of the 21st century museum.  First established in 2008, the program boasts 41 graduates to date from a diverse roster of institutions. The impact of the fellowship can be measured not only by the success of the graduates themselves (over 60% have advanced to positions with greater leadership responsibility, including five who are now museum directors), but also in the steadfast commitment of the many museum directors, foundations, civic leaders, and business school faculty who contribute to the program.  "At first, we weren’t sure if the museum community would embrace the CCL," says Gund, "We’re now coming into our fifth year and the CCL continues to be a truly vital force in that sector. I think everyone has a real 'all hands on deck' approach to maintaining the quality and excellence of the program. Many of the best museum directors in the U.S. and abroad served as mentors in the program’s first year and continue to work with us—their tireless contribution is so wonderful for the CCL and, especially, our fellows. The enduring support of the cultural community really emphasizes how critically important this program is right now for the entire profession."


The program, which spans four weeks over the first six months of the year, includes instruction by Columbia Business School faculty, a six-month mentorship, a weeklong museum residency, and participation in a long-term team-based project.  "The team project is a way for fellows to work together on a project that addresses issues of concern for the field at-large," says Easton. Past projects have covered a wide range of topics including: art museum outreach via new technologies, the role of contemporary art, an examination of the discipline of art history and the influence of the academy on career choice, new strategies for diversity within the profession, and a self-examination of the CCL itself.  "Our hope is that 2012 will involve taking a critical look at the role of mentoring at all levels of one's career.”


Additional information can be found at  



Hannah Howe

Center for Curatorial Leadership

174 East 80th Streetre

New York, NY 10075

(646) 405-8065


Annemarie Sawkins says...
Posted Friday, November 4, 2011
Congratulations to all those who were selected to be part of the 2012 Center for Curatorial Leadership class. It is an impressive group and I wish you are well through the year and into the future. You make me proud to be a curator. Annemarie Sawkins

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