Tatyana Neal is a rising senior studying art history and art education at Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas. Growing up surrounded by creatives, she knew she was destined to work in a field that would involve art. Born in Houston and raised in Chicago, Tatyana was given opportunities to be involved in various programs such as the Interlochen Film Academy and the Roosevelt University Entrepreneurship Academy. Attending Texas Southern University has provided her the opportunity to shadow and be mentored by museum director and curator Dr. Alvia Wardlaw. Tatyana has attended the Mellon Summer Academy at MFAH, where she gained volumes of curator insight. As a Mellon Fellow, Tatyana is interested in bringing her diverse perspective to the curatorial field while pursuing her passion for modern and contemporary art and art history. After completing the academy, she continued her curatorial journey as a Fellow for Decorative Arts, Crafts, and Design at MFAH(Museum of Fine Arts Houston), shadowing curator Cindi Strauss.
Project: Tatyana will research for the development and planning of a traveling exhibition on a history on the genesis of the contemporary Native American community of New York and the New York Movement of Contemporary Native American Art.