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Board of Trustees                                                 Team                                                      Committees 

 

AAMC & AAMC Foundation Board of Trustees

2020-2021

 

 

Executive Committee

  Madhuvanti Ghose, Alsdorf Associate Curator of Indian, Southeast Asian, Himalayan, & Islamic Art, The Art Institute of Chicago; Vice President, Governance & Nominating

Dr. Madhuvanti Ghose is the first Alsdorf Associate Curator of Indian, Southeast Asian, Himalayan, and Islamic Art at The Art Institute of Chicago. Since joining the Art Institute in 2007, Ghose has launched the Alsdorf Galleries of Indian, Southeast Asian, Himalayan, and Islamic Art (2008) and curated the site specific Public Notice 3 (2010–11) by Jitish Kallat, which was the first show by a contemporary Indian artist to be held at the Art Institute. She has curated a series of Indian art exhibitions for the Art Institute including Gates of the Lord: The Tradition of Krishna Paintings (2015–16) and Vanishing Beauty: Asian Jewelry and Ritual Objects from the Barbara and David Kipper Collection (2016).

Dr. Ghose led the Vivekananda Memorial Program for Museum Excellence (2012–16), a four-year project funded by a grant from the Government of India that was designed to foster professional exchanges between the Art Institute and various museums in India. In 2013 she was honored by the Chicago Foundation for Women with a Breaking Barriers Award and in 2014, she was presented with the Outstanding Community Service Award by the Vishwa Gujarati Samaj, USA.

After completing her doctoral dissertation at the University of London, Ghose was a Research Fellow at the Department of Eastern Art, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford University. She was previously Lecturer in South Asian Art and Archaeology at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, UK. 6.
  
  
   
 

Michelle Jacques, Chief Curator, Art Gallery of Greater VictoriaVice President, Inclusion & Outreach

Michelle Jacques is currently the Chief Curator at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (AGGV), where she is responsible for guiding a curatorial and education program that links contemporary practices to the Gallery's historical collections and legacies. Since joining the AGGV three years ago, she has co-curated major retrospectives of the work of the Canadian artists Anna Banana, a mail and performance artist, and Jock Macdonald, a modernist painter, as well as a group exhibition of contemporary landscape photography entitled In Another Place, And Here (all 2015). 

Prior to moving west, she held various curatorial positions at the Art Gallery of Ontario, ultimately that of Acting Curator, Canadian Art. At the AGO she produced exhibitions of the work of many emerging and mid-career contemporary artists, including Luis Jacob; Kori Newkirk; Shary Boyle and Brian Jungen. Jacques is also an educator who has taught art history, curatorial studies, and art writing at NSCAD University, OCAD University and University of Toronto. Recent and upcoming publications include “There’s nothing new under the sun but there are new suns,” an analysis of the Afrofuturist performance work of Camille Turner in More Caught in the Act: An Anthology of Performance Art by Canadian Women (eds. Johanna Householder and Tanya Mars, YYZ Books, 2016); Anna Banana: 45 Years of Fooling Around with A. Banana (Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and Figure 1 Publishing); and “Born in Detroit” in Introducing Suzy Lake (ed. Georgiana Uhlyarik, Black Dog Publishing, 2014).


  
  
   
 

Marianne Lamonaca, Independent Curator, President, Board of Trustees

Marianne Lamonaca is a leader in the field of art and design. She devoted her entire career to museums: building collections, curating exhibitions, developing innovative interpretative strategies using new technologies, publishing, lecturing, and enhancing community engagement. She is motivated by the conviction that studying cultures and crafting powerful stories is a fundamental act to promote a fair-minded, progressive, and creative future.

She served as chief curator and associate gallery director at Bard Graduate Center, New York; associate director for curatorial affairs and education at The Wolfsonian-Florida International University, Miami Beach; and assistant curator of decorative arts at the Brooklyn Museum. She has published on twentieth-century decorative arts and design, with a focus on Italy, and has taught courses in decorative arts, design history, and curatorial practice. She is a graduate of Parsons The New School for Design/Cooper-Hewitt Museum's MA program in the history of decorative arts and of Sarah Lawrence College, and a fellow of the American Academy of Rome.


  
  
   
  Soyoung Lee, Chief Curator, Harvard Art Museums; Vice President, Finance & Audit


Soyoung Lee holds the role of Chief Curator at The Harvard Art Museums. Directly prior, she was a Curator in the Department of Asian Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she was responsible primarily for the Museum’s collection and gallery of Korean art. She has organized critically acclaimed international loan exhibitions such as Silla: Korea’s Golden Kingdom (2013) and Poetry in Clay: Korean Buncheong Ceramics from Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art (2011), each with an accompanying catalogue. Soyoung has also curated focused thematic shows around the Museum’s permanent collection, including Korea: 100 Years of Collecting at The Met, in celebration of the Asian art department’s Centennial in 2015. She is working on a special loan exhibition, scheduled to open in February 2018, on representations of the iconic Mt. Geumgang, or Diamond Mountains. She also currently serves as the Chair of the Museum’s Forum of Curators, Conservators, and Scientists (through June 2017).

Soyoung received her PhD from Columbia University with a dissertation that examined the influence of 15th-16th century Korean ceramics on major ceramic industries in Kyushu, Japan, and the subsequent Japanese reinterpretations and inventions. In fall 2016 she taught a seminar titled “Ceramics Arts of Korea and Japan” at Columbia. She has lived in Jakarta (where she was born), Stockholm, London, Los Angeles, Seoul, and Tokyo, and is fluent in Korean and Japanese. She currently lives in New York City with her husband and two children.

  
  
   
  Mary-Kate O’Hare, Senior Vice President and Advisor, Art Advisory & Finance, Citi Private Bank; Vice President, Fundraising

Mary-Kate O’Hare specializes in U.S. and Latin American modern and contemporary art. In 2013 she joined Citi Private Bank’s Art Advisory & Finance as Vice President and Advisor, Modern & Contemporary Art.  Prior to joining Citi, Mary-Kate was Curator of American Art at the Newark Museum for thirteen years where she organized many critically lauded exhibitions including Constructive Spirit: Abstract Art in South and North America, 1920s-50s (2010); At the Movies: Edward Hopper’s The Sheridan Theatre (2007); and co-curated Off the Pedestal: New Women in the Art of Homer, Sargent and Chase (2006). The International Association of Art Critics (AICA-USA) honored her work for Constructive Spirit with a second place award for "Best Thematic Museum Show Nationally." Mary-Kate earned a Ph.D. in art history from Rutgers, writing her dissertation on issues of masculinity in the work of John Singer Sargent. In 2010 she was the recipient of the Clinton Hill/Allen Tran Foundation Curatorial Innovation Grant and in 2011 held a fellowship at the Clark Art Institute, where her research focused on an exhibition exploring mid-20th century Brazilian art, music, architecture and design. She has taught art history surveys and advanced seminars at Rutgers University and William Patterson University and is a regular guest speaker at Christie’s Education.
  
  
   
 

Peter J. Schertz, Jack & Mary Frable Curator of Ancient Art, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts; Vice President, Advocacy

Dr. Peter Justin Moon Schertz has served as curator of Ancient Art since October 2006 and the Jack and Mary Ann Frable Curator of Ancient Art since 2007 at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, where he developed and supervised the 2010/2011 reinstallation of the ancient Mediterranean collection. He received his PhD in classical art and archaeology in 2004 from the University of Southern California and his BA in classical languages and literature from the University of Chicago in 1987. His specialty is Roman art, with a focus on the intersection of art and culture, particularly art and religion. In his curatorial work, he has spear-headed a number of initiatives that explore how new technologies can help understand and interpret ancient art and how to use technology to engage new audiences with museum collections. His current projects include a study of the original polychromy of the Arch of Titus, the classical echoes of the National World War Two Memorial, and an examination of the Second Temple in Jerusalem in its Roman context. He is currently working with the National Sporting Library and Museum on an exhibition on the horse in ancient Greek art and an exhibition of Egyptian funerary art to open at VMFA in early 2018.

  
   


Trustees At Large

  Sharon Matt Atkins, Director of Exhibitions & Strategic Initiatives, Brooklyn Museum

Sharon Matt Atkins is Director of Exhibitions & Strategic Initiatives at the Brooklyn Museum, overseeing the museum’s in-house and touring exhibition program, in addition to collections management. She has curated numerous exhibitions, including most recently Stephen Powers: Coney Island Is Still Dreamland (To a Seagull) and FAILE: Savage/Sacred Young Minds. She is also organizing Iggy Pop Life Class: A Project by Jeremy Deller, in 2016. In 2014, she organized Swoon: Submerged Motherlands, as well as the Brooklyn presentation of Ai Weiwei: According to What?. In 2012, she co-organized GO: a community-curated open studio project with Shelley Bernstein. She has also coordinated exhibitions devoted to Andy Warhol and Norman Rockwell, and has facilitated numerous other special exhibitions. Before her move to Brooklyn, Atkins was the Assistant Curator at the Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, New Hampshire, since 2004. There, she was responsible for modern and contemporary art, and organized exhibitions from the collection as well as traveling loan shows—among them Andy Warhol: Pop Politics, which traveled to the Neuberger Museum of Art, and Spotlight New England: Kirsten Reynolds. Previously, she held positions at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum. Atkins received an MA and a PhD from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, where she also taught art history and writing courses. 
  
  
Daniel Belasco, Executive Director, Al Held Foundation

Daniel Belasco is a curator and art historian, and the Executive Director of the Al Held Foundation. He previously served as Curator of Exhibitions and Programs at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz and Henry J. Leir Associate Curator of The Jewish Museum. In 2010 Belasco co-curated (with Sarah Lewis) The Dissolve: SITE Santa Fe’s Eighth International Biennial. A specialist in postwar and contemporary art, he has written for Art in America and other publications. Belasco holds a PhD from the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU and has taught contemporary art and museum studies at SUNY New Paltz and the Jewish Theological Seminary.
  
  
  
  Tobi Bruce, Director, Exhibitions & Collections, & Senior Curator, Art Gallery of Hamilton 

Tobi Bruce is Director, Exhibitions and Collections and Senior Curator at the Art Gallery of Hamilton, having previously held positions in curatorial, collections management, research and education at the Art Gallery of Hamilton, Carleton University Art Gallery (Ottawa) and the Agnes Etherington Art Centre (Kingston). With over twenty years' experience working with public collections, Tobi has curated over fifty exhibitions, lectured extensively on collection building and curatorship, general art history, and women artists, and has participated as a panelist at conferences nationally and internationally. Her most recent undertakings are The Artist Herself: Self-Portraits by Canadian Historical Women Artists (with the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen's University) (2015-2016); Into the Light: The Paintings of William Blair Bruce (1859 1906) (2014); The French Connection: Canadian Painters at the Paris Salons (2011) and William Kurelek: The Messenger (2011-2012), a collaboration with the Winnipeg Art Gallery and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria which was named in the top three exhibitions of 2012 by editors at Canadian Art magazine. A graduate of Queen's (BAH Art History) and Carleton (MA in Canadian Art) universities, Tobi also served two terms as a Director with the Ontario Association of Art Galleries. Most recently Tobi was made an Adjunct Lecturer at McMaster University, where she is currently teaching Canadian Art.
  
  
 Beth Citron, Independent Curator

Beth Citron is a New York-based curator and art historian. A 2019 recipient of an Asian Cultural Council Fellowship for research on a curatorial history of modernist art from India, she was the founding Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Rubin Museum of Art until October 2019. Her exhibitions at the Rubin include Shahidul Alam: Truth to Power (November 2019), Chitra Ganesh (2018), A Lost Future: Shezad Dawood / The Otolith Group / Matti Braun (2018), Henri Cartier-Bresson: India in Full Frame (2017), Francesco Clemente: Inspired by India (2014), Witness at a Crossroads: Photographer Marc Riboud in Asia (2014), and the three-part series on Modernist Art from India (2011-13). As an advisor and guest curator for the Dhaka Art Summit, she advised an exhibition on modernist art across South Asia (2016) and co-organized a live program of artists' performance lectures (2018).

Citron has also contributed essays to numerous catalogs about South Asian art for exhibitions in the United States and Asia and articles to peer-reviewed and critical journals such as Art Journal and ArtForum. She holds a PhD in Art History from the University of Pennsylvania, and has taught in the Art History Department at New York University, from which she also earned a BA in Fine Arts.
  
  
  
 Jane Cohan, Partner, James Cohan

Jane Cohan is a partner in James Cohan, an international contemporary art gallery with two locations in NYC, in the TriBeca and the Lower East sides art districts. At the gallery, Cohan works closely with artists, curators and collectors and with her training as an industrial designer she does project management for large-scale public art installations for gallery artists.

Cohan is a board member of two New York-based organizations: Prospect Park Alliance, which manages Prospect Park in Brooklyn and African Services Committee, which provides assistance to immigrants to the United States. She is a member of the Art Dealers Association of America along with her husband, James Cohan.
  
  
  
 José Carlos Diaz, Chief Curator, The Andy Warhol Museum

José Carlos Diaz is Chief Curator at The Warhol and was a 2018 fellow at the Center for Curatorial Leadership. At the Warhol he has curated Farhad Moshiri: Go West and is currently preparing Andy Warhol: Revelation. Diaz is also planning Fantasy America and organizing the first-ever Warhol survey in Kyoto. Prior to this, Diaz was the Curator of Exhibitions at the Bass Museum in Miami Beach. Diaz has worked at Tate Liverpool and at the Liverpool Biennal. Diaz received a MA in Cultural History from the University of Liverpool, and a BA in Art History from San Francisco State University.
  
  
  
 

Catherine L. Futter, Senior Curator of Decorative Arts, Brooklyn Museum

Catherine L. Futter is the Senior Curator of Decorative Arts at the Brooklyn Museum. Prior to the Brooklyn Museum, Catherine was the Director of Curatorial Affairs at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. While at the Nelson-Atkins, Catherine oversaw permanent collection reinstallation projects, curated contemporary art, design and architecture exhibitions, and co curated a major international loan traveling exhibition, Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at World’s Fairs, 1851-1939. Catherine was also the project manager for the museum’s cultural district project and a member of the museum’s Strategic Leadership Group. Prior to the Nelson-Atkins, Catherine was at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Chrysler Museum of Art. In 2014, she was a Fellow with the Center for Curatorial Leadership. Catherine is actively involved with mentorship: she was Co-Chair of the Association of Art Museum Curators Career Support Committee and a mentor for MINDDRIVE, an after-school program for urban youth; Charlotte Street Foundation Studio Residency Program; and, the Yale University Graduate Student Assembly and Graduate & Professional Student Senate Alumni Matching Program.

  
  
  Benjamin M. Hickey,Curator of Exhibitions, Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum

Benjamin M. Hickey is Curator of Exhibitions at the Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum, University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He earned his Master’s degree from the University of California, Riverside. Prior to his tenure at the Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum, he held positions with the Masur Museum of Art, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Canisius College, the Arts Council of Buffalo & Erie County, and the California Museum of Photography. Hickey has organized seventeen exhibitions and coordinated another nine at the Masur. He has worked with many artists including Keliy Anderson-Staley, Harold Cohen, Shayne Dark, Hasan Elahi, Greely Myatt, Alberto Rey, George Rodrigue, Marni Shindelman & Nate Larson, Kate Shannon, Vitus Shell, James Surls, and Douglas Weathersby. Hickey’s publications include “Beneath the Surface,” in Life Streams: Alberto Rey’s Cuban and American Work, from SUNY Press and “Improvisations in Time,” in Improvisations in Time: Eugene J. Martin and the Masur Museum of Art, Masur Museum Press. Hickey also sits on the Community Advisory Board of KEDM, an NPR affiliate. His most recent exhibition, Shared Earth: The Ancient Mounds Project, was a collaboration with the photographer Jenny Ellerbe and staff at Poverty Point, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  
  
  C. Griffith Mann, Michel David-Weill Curator in Charge, Department of Medieval Art and the Cloisters, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Dr. C. Griffith Mann was appointed The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Michel David-Weill Curator in Charge of the Department of Medieval Art and the Met Cloisters in September 2013. In this role, he is responsible for the medieval collections and curatorial staff in the Met’s main building, and for directing the staff and operations of the Met Cloisters, the branch of the Metropolitan Museum dedicated to the art and architecture of medieval Europe. Dr. Mann received his BA in art history and history from Williams College, and his PhD in medieval art from The Johns Hopkins University. A specialist in the arts of late medieval Italy, he has published on civic patronage, painting, and devotion in Tuscany. As a curator, Dr. Mann has worked on exhibitions on the medieval cult of relics, the art and archaeology of medieval Novgorod, and French manuscript illumination of the 13th century. Dr. Mann formerly served as the Chief Curator and Deputy Director at The Cleveland Museum of Art, where he helped to lead the museum’s reinstallation, acquisition, and exhibition programs, and as medieval curator and Director of the Curatorial Division at The Walters Art Museum, where he worked on exhibitions and the permanent collection. Dr. Mann served as a 2011 Fellow at the Center for Curatorial Leadership and participated in the Getty’s Museum Leadership Institute in 2006. A member of the AAMC since its inception, Dr. Mann has served as co-chair of the Conference Committee for AAMC’s annual meetings in 2015 and 2016.
  
  
 

Jen Mergel, Independent Curator

Jen Mergel has organized more than 50 exhibitions with contemporary art and artists for museum and academic communities and the public realm. In 2018, Mergel was The Armory Show Curator of Platform and presented fifteen site-responsive artist commissions and installations under the theme The Contingent; in Boston, she organized the citywide public art exhibition, Fog x FLO: Fujiko Nakaya on the Emerald Necklace. She is now researching the public works of Nancy Spero. From 2010-2017, Mergel served as the Beal Family Senior Curator of Contemporary Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where she was also the Interim Chair of the Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art. Her presentations included the touring exhibition Permission to be Global/Prácticas Globales; the U.S. museum debut Lee Mingwei: Sonic Blossom; and Darkness Made Visible: Derek Jarman and Mark Bradford. Previously at Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art from 2005-2010, Mergel organized Tara Donovan and Charles LeDray: workworkworkworkwork and thematic shows including Acting Out: Social Experiments in Video. Prior curatorial projects include those at the Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy Andover, the Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College, the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, Skidmore College, and the 2004 Whitney Biennial. Mergel graduated summa cum laude in Visual and Environmental Studies from Harvard University, received her M.A. from Bard’s Center for Curatorial Studies, and is a 2017 Fellow of the Center for Curatorial Leadership. She is Founding Director of the Curatorial Network Accelerator of Boston, a co-mentorship program that fosters citywide partnerships to expand audience and cultural equity.

  
  
  Elizabeth Morrison, Senior Curator of Manuscripts, J. Paul Getty Museum

Elizabeth Morrison is Senior Curator of Manuscripts at the J. Paul Getty Museum. She received her PhD in the History of Art from Cornell University and began work at the Getty in 1996. During her tenure there, she has curated such exhibitions as The Family in the Middle AgesImages of Violence in the Medieval World, and Beasts of the Middle Ages. She was also co-curator for the 2010 exhibition Imagining the Past in France, 1250-1500, which was one of three finalists for the College Art Association award for outstanding exhibition catalogue. She has published articles on both Flemish and French illumination, ranging from topics such as the role of the Roman de Troie in thirteenth-century France to the career of the sixteenth-century Flemish illuminator known as the Master of the David Scenes. She has served on the Board of Directors of the International Center of Medieval Art and as a councilor for the Medieval Academy of America.
  
  
  
 Emily Kernan Rafferty, President Emerita, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Emily Rafferty, President Emerita of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, served for 40 years at the Museum as chief of institutional advancement, Senior Vice President of External Affairs, and as President from 2005 to 2015. Ms. Rafferty served as a Board member of the New York Federal Reserve Bank, 2011 – 2017, and Senior Adviser for UNESCO, 2015 – 2017. She serves as Chair of NYC & Company, and is a Board member of the following: National September 11 Memorial & Museum (Vice Chair); PJT Partners; Koç Holdings, Istanbul; Carnegie Hall; Hispanic Society Museum & Library. She also consults for many organizations in the non-profit sector.
  
  
  E. Carmen Ramos, Deputy Chief Curator and Curator of Latino Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum

E. Carmen Ramos is Deputy Chief Curator and Curator of Latino Art at the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM). Since 2010, she has dramatically expanded the Museum's pioneering permanent collection of Latino art with an eye toward capturing the broad aesthetic and regional range of the field.  Her exhibition, Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art (2013) is touring to eight venues and its catalogue received a 2014 co-first prize Award for Excellence by the Association of Art Museum Curators. Before SAAM, Ramos was an assistant curator at the Newark Museum and an independent curator. Her 2017 exhibition Down These Mean Streets: Community and Place in Urban Photography, explored how Latino photographers working since the late 1950s represented the urban crisis as it unfolded in the neighborhoods where they lived and worked. She also organized Tamayo: The New York Years, in 2017, an exhibition that considered the shape and impact of Mexican artist Rufino Tamayo’s significant New York tenure during the first half of the twentieth century. In addition to her work at SAAM, Ramos is writing a monograph about Freddy Rodríguez that is part of the A Ver: Revisioning Art History book series.

  
  
  Anne Collins Smith, Curator of Collections, Spelman College Museum of Fine Art

Anne Collins Smith is the Curator of Collections at the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art. She is a cultural curator, art historian, and cultural worker in the literary, visual, and performing arts. Smith received a BA in English and Art History from Spelman College and an MA in Visual Arts Administration at New York University. She served as an intern at the Cinque Gallery, which was founded by artists Romare Bearden, Ernest Crichlow, and Norman Lewis, and the Romare Bearden Fellow at the Saint Louis Art Museum. Smith was the Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellow at the Davis Museum and Cultural Center at Wellesley College where she began to fuse interdicisplinarity with her curatorial practice. At the Davis, she curated the exhibition The Space Between: Artists Engaging Race and Syncretism. Smith’s interests include: arts, the economy, and social uplift; arts leadership; audience development; cosmopolitanism; the evolving role of the curator; material culture; public art; visual culture; and, African Diasporic continuity in artistic and cultural practices. Smith participated in the Art Leaders of Metro Atlanta; Independent Curators International’s Curatorial Intensive; Getty Leadership Institute’s Museum Leaders: The Next Generation; and, Association of Art Museum Curator’s Mentorship programs. Smith recently organized Maren Hassinger…Dreaming (2015) and Howardena Pindell (2015). She is currently participating in the Burnaway Art Writers Mentorship Program. Her curatorial projects in progress include Eye Ten (I10), Real Good Hands, and, Always a Pleasure.

  
  
  Juliet Sorce, Senior Vice President, Resnicow and Associates

 As a Senior Vice President at Resnicow and Associates, Juliet Sorce has more than a decade of experience spearheading strategic communications programs for an international roster of clients across the visual arts, architecture, and design.

Sorce has expertise in modern and contemporary art in particular and has directed institutional communications programs for museums, non-profit art foundations, and fairs, including Park Avenue Armory, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21), The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, and the Museum of Arts and Design, among others. Sorce has worked with clients to help launch new cultural enterprises from the ground up, including the recently opened ICA Miami, The Met Breuer, the Clyfford Still Museum in Denver, and the Center for Italian Modern Art in New York. She has also led media relations and strategic planning for a number of new building and expansion projects, working on behalf of both architects and cultural institutions alike, including The Frick Collection's upgrade and expansion by Selldorf Architects, the opening of Canada’s National Music Centre by Allied Works Architecture, Park Avenue Armory’s revitalization and renovation project by Herzog & de Meuron, and the Israel Museum’s campus renewal by James Carpenter Design Associates, among others.
  
  
  Ann Yonemura, Curator Emertus, Freer Gallery of Art | Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution 

Ann Yonemura was, directly before her retirement in 2018, Senior Associate Curator of Japanese Art at the Freer Gallery of Art | the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. A native of Berkeley, California, Ann Yonemura received her BA with honors from Wellesley College and did graduate study at Princeton University in Japanese art and archaeology. Following a Fulbright Fellowship for research in Japan, she joined the staff of the Freer Gallery of Art in 1976 and of the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in 1987. 

Although initially specialized in Japanese paintings of the thirteenth to sixteenth century, her research and publications also encompass calligraphy, prints, and lacquer. Her books include, as editor and contributing author: Hokusai (2006); Masterful Illusions: Japanese Prints in the Anne van Biema Collection (2002), Twelve Centuries of Japanese Art from the Imperial Collections (1997) and Ancient Japan (1992); and as author, Yokohama: Prints from Nineteenth-Century Japan (1990) and Japanese Lacquer (1979). Under a grant from the Getty Online Scholarly Catalogue Initiative, she contributed to the design and launch of an innovative research website, The World of the Japanese Illustrated Book.

Ann Yonemura has organized and contributed to more than 50 exhibitions at the Freer and Sackler Galleries, including the international loan exhibition Hokusai (2006). Her recent exhibitions include Bold and Beautiful: Rinpa in Japanese Art (2015); Zen, Tea, and Chinese Art in Medieval Japan (2015); Hand Held: Gerhard Pulverer’s Japanese Illustrated Books (2013); and Hokusai: Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji (2012). She joined the AAMC in 2007, and has been a member of the Leadership Circle since 2010.
  
 Emeriti & Ex-Officio Trustees
  
  
 

Christa Clarke, Independent Curator and Affiliate, Hutchins Center for African & African American Research, Harvard University; Past President, Trustee Emerita, ex-officio

Elizabeth W. Easton, Co-Founder & Director, Center for Curatorial Leadership; Past President, Trustee Emerita, ex-officio

Carol S. Eliel, Senior Curator of Modern Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Past President, Trustee Emerita, ex-officio

Helen C. Evans, Mary & Michael Jaharis Curator for Byzantine Art, The Department of Medieval Art & The Cloisters, The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Past President, Trustee Emerita, ex-officio

Emily Ballew Neff, Executive Director, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art; Past President, Trustee Emerita, ex-officio

Judith Pineiro, Executive Director, AAMC & AAMC Foundation; ex-officio

John Ravenal, Executive Director, deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum; Past President, Trustee Emeritus, ex-officio

George T.M. Shackelford, Deputy Director, Kimbell Art Museum; Past President, Trustee Emeritus, ex-officio

Gary Tinterow, Director, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Past President, Trustee Emeritus, ex-officio

  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
 

 

 

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Judith Pineiro, Executive Director
judith.pineiro@artcurators.org

Judith Pineiro, Executive Director of the Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) & AAMC Foundation, has been in the visual arts sector for nearly 30 years.  A recognized strategic leader capable of delivering a vision, Pineiro has a proven track record of building and strengthening organizations propelling them forward.  Dedicated to ensuring an inclusive and valued arts community, she believes our art organizations should reflect and respect the communities they serve.  Joining AAMC & AAMC Foundation in 2014, she has quadrupled funding and programming, as well as raised the organization’s mission driven profile.  Directly prior, she was an External Affairs consultant for cultural sector clients.  Additional senior level roles include Director, Affordable Art Fair U.S.; Associate Development Director, Institutional Advancement, Museum of Arts and Design; and Account Manager, Museum Services, Christie’s. She began her career in galleries in New York and Los Angeles.

She is first-generation American, and first-generation college educated.  Pineiro received an MA in art history, BA in art history and BA in journalism/mass media all from Rutgers University.  

Pineiro  volunteers within the arts, serving as Vice President, Communication on the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees at ArtTable, and as a Board member is also on the Finance Committee.  She is a former Board member at New York Artists Equity Association, mentor in the Diversity in Arts Leadership program of the Arts & Business Council, Americans for the Arts, and  juror for the National Arts Education Association and Brooklyn Arts Council.  She has also had speaking engagements with the American Alliance of Museums, Association of African American Museums, Association of Art Museum Curators, Museum Computer Network, POWArts and Young Professionals in the Arts/New York Foundation of the Arts.

   
 

Monica Valenzuela, Program Manager
programs@artcurators

Monica Valenzuela is the Program Manager at the Association of Art Museum Curators & AAMC Foundation. A New York native, Monica is an arts administrator, community organizer, and freelance photographer who specializes in storytelling, project management, fundraising, business development, and lifestyle portraiture. She received her BA in Art History and Religion from Vassar College and is dedicated to developing and documenting meaningful, sustainable, creative projects that foster learning, dialogue, and help push art into the public sphere. Notable creative projects in her portfolio include LUMEN, a video art and performance art festival on Staten Island’s waterfront and Future Culture, a neighborhood-based cultural planning process with specific design and programming strategies, developed in partnership with Design Trust for Public Space. Monica is a member of the Naturally Occurring Cultural Districts of New York working group and currently lives in Gowanus, Brooklyn with her partner and rescue cat.

   

   

 

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