Frances Melgarejo

Frances Melgarejo, M.A. is an emerging visual arts professional and Indigenous studies specialist of Quechua descent. Born and raised in Florida, she grew up in a multicultural household and developed a passion for arts and culture at an early age. In 2005 she graduated from Smith College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Portuguese Brazilian Studies. Shortly thereafter, she moved to Brazil where she began her studies of Indigenous arts and culture. Exposure to Indigenous rituals led her to a career in holistic wellness before returning to the U.S. to advance her academic career. A Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellow, she graduated from the University of Florida in the spring of 2021 with a master’s degree in Latin American studies, specializing in Indigenous studies. Her award-winning thesis focused on the cultural revival of the Yawanawa people of the Brazilian Amazon, highlighting the impact of visual arts and their first woman shaman. Through research, lectures, and curation, Frances seeks to support women, foster intercultural connections through the arts, and advance appreciation of Indigenous cultures.

Project: Frances will conduct research for the development and planning of a traveling exhibition on a history and genesis of the contemporary Native American community of New York and the New York Movement of Contemporary Native American Art.

Andrea Lewis

Andrea Lewis is a proud Berkeley, California Native. Having recently graduated from Lewis and Clark College with a Bachelors in Art History and World Languages and Literatures (Spanish and French), she is now living in Tulum, Mexico, where she is currently co-creating an online art gallery called Plural. She worked and interned for the past few years in the art world, which has inspired her to create an enterprise that prioritizes artistic identity, sustainable relationships between artists and collectors, and the cultivation of new collectors. Art is her form of peace and resistance. She hopes to merge these international art communities to uplift individual artistic identities and provide a space for multicultural learning and unity. As an ArtTable fellow, partnered with the Philadelphia Museum, she is thrilled at the opportunity to develop programs that strive to genuinely engage Philadelphia’s community members, the art world, and those whose stories are being told. As well as continue learning how public programs serve as a powerful tool to enrich society and the influence of the art world.

Project: Andrea will gain firsthand experience in the planning and development of between 3-5 proposals for public and community programming related to the early American art reinstallation which highlights underrepresented voices.

Alejandra Lopez-Oliveros

Alejandra López-Oliveros is a first-year master’s student at the Institute of Fine Arts (New York University), focusing on contemporary art of the Americas. Her research interests include photography, critical theory, and intersectional feminism. She has previously worked at the Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow and the Center for Art on Migration Politics (CAMP) in Copenhagen. She holds an MA in Art Museums and Gallery Studies from the University of Leicester and a BA in Art History from the University of Granada.

Project: Alejandra will assist with the Feminist Incubator, an ongoing series of short-term residencies, happenings, conversations, performances, and public discourses focusing on intersectionality, and empowerment of multiple creative disciplines.

Joy Tucker

Joy Tucker grew up in eastern New Mexico. Her love for exhibitions was influenced from an early education in an art infused school. After graduating high school, she received a Bachelor of Art in History – Museum Studies with a minor in Graphic Design from the University of Central Oklahoma. Joy interned with the Oklahoma Museum of Arts in Marketing and Communications. She also interned twice with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. The first with Junior Curator practices in Culture and Community Life, followed by Museum Management and Installation. Joy aspires to incorporate Afro-Diasporic arts and culture within national museum institutions.

Project: Joy will work on programming that marks the 100th Year of Remembrance of the Tulsa Race Massacre ,and will assist on Curatorial tasks for forthcoming exhibitions, tours, and publication production.

Alitzah Oros

Alitzah Oros is a graduate student at California State University, Long Beach where she is pursuing a Masters in Art History with an emphasis in Contemporary Latin American Art. Her interests include the relationship between art and environmental activism, the decolonization of land and indigenous bodies, and indigenous feminisms of the 20th and 21st centuries. Integral to her studies and approach to research is the belief that art is a vessel and vehicle for change with the ability to inspire and mobilize individuals and communities. She received her B.A. in Art History from California State University, Channel Islands where she developed research on global Baroque networks in colonial and contemporary architecture in Puebla, Mexico.

Project: Alitzah will focus on the launch of The Great Wall of Los Angeles Institute, an 8-year public art initiative to extend the current half-mile mural, that represents the untold histories of California’s minority and indigenous communities, to one-mile.

Molly Hatesohl

Molly Hatesohl is an art historian and writer with a background in arts administration, as well as data access management. She received her MA in Art History from the University of Kansas, and is broadly interested in 20th-century art. Specifically, she seeks to elucidate how cultural hybridities are formed through collaborative creative efforts. She has been recognized for outstanding original research on American ballet costume design.

Project: Molly will conduct research and collaborate on content development for an upcoming exhibition and book on American textile designer Dorothy Liebes (1897 – 1972), scheduled to open in Fall 2022, gaining insights into how both the Curatorial and Education departments work.

Dada Wang

Dada Wang was born and raised in Beijing, China, and received her B.A. from Macalester College with a major in Art History and a concentration in Critical Theory. She is currently pursuing an M.A. in Art History at UC Davis, and her areas of interest include contemporary Chinese visual culture and postcolonial theory. In 2019, she received an Andrew Mellon fellowship to conduct research on Chinese experimental art in the 1990s, focusing on how Chinese artists in this period negotiated their culturally specific concerns in the globalizing art world, and how their works asserted dissent amid China’s precarious sociopolitical conditions. Her current research concerns water-themed artworks in contemporary China that respond to state-sponsored water-control initiatives, aiming to investigate how they offer political commentary and address ecological crises in the contemporary world.

Project: Dada will work with the curatorial team to conduct research in various upcoming exhibitions and projects, organizing and managing exhibition content, drafting and editing texts, and negotiating loans and image rights.

Juliana Ramirez Herrera

Juliana Ramirez Herrera is a Ph.D. candidate at Harvard University in the History of Art and Architecture Department. Her research focuses on Ancient American and early colonial Latin American art, primarily from the Intermediate Area and the Caribbean. She received a B.A. with High Distinction in Fine Art History and Spanish and an M.A. in Fine Art History from the University of Toronto. Her work has appeared on Estudios de Cultura Náhuatl and has been supported by the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, among others.

Project: Juliana will have the opportunity to gain experience in exhibition development, curatorial research, interpretation, and audience engagement through her work on the upcoming reinstallation of the Arts of the Native and Ancient Americas collection.

Alison Guh

Alison Guh is a curator, art historian, and writer based in New York and Los Angeles. Interested in transnational networks of modern and contemporary art, she received her M.A. in Modern and Contemporary Art (MODA) from Columbia University and her B.A. in Art History and Psychology from Dartmouth College. She has held positions and internships at The Museum of Modern Art; the Hood Museum of Art; and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection.

Project: Alison will work in the renowned Morgan Library Department to research and assist with the organization of an exhibition on the interdisciplinary artist and educator Nina Katchadourian’s work in 2023.

Sarika Sanyal

Sarika Sanyal is a recent graduate of the Masters of Arts Management program at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and has spent the last year as Manager of Programming & Advancement for Los Angeles Nomadic Division (LAND). During her graduate journey, she also supported the Heinz College Office of Diversity and Inclusion at CMU and served as Program Director of Future Tenant, a graduate student-led arts enterprise that deploys pop-up programming in the Pittsburgh region. Prior to this, Sarika worked in the visual arts in Los Angeles for nine years at various organizations from for profit to nonprofit institutions. Leading up to attending graduate school, Sarika led an artist management team at Tappan Collective, managed small to large scale exhibitions at MOCA LA, provided education support at LACMA in addition to management work in local galleries. Through these experiences she has been an advocate of the arts community to support the vitality that the arts carries and envisions continuing this work through a social impact lens to empower organizations.

Project: Sarika will develop a comprehensive plan to launch a new patron level under the guidance of the Development and Communications teams: the Family Circle, aimed at engaging families and raising funds to support exhibitions and public programs.

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