Meet the 2020 ArtTable Fellows!

Join us for a discussion with our 2020 ArtTable Fellows where they will be discussing their projects and experiences with the ArtTable Fellowship Program. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet our current fellowship cohort and learn more about the ArtTable Fellowship Program and the opportunities it provides to emerging professionals. We are pleased to be celebrate 20 years of this impactful program. Click here to read more about our Impact initiatives.

Since the year 2000, ArtTable has conducted a Fellowship Program to address the marked lack of diversity in arts employment. The Fellowship provides quality experiences and mentorship to female-identifying graduate students and emerging professionals from backgrounds generally underrepresented in the field to aid their transition from academic to professional careers. Through one-on-one mentoring relationships at select museums and cultural institutions, fellows have the opportunity to work with established leaders and gain exposure to a range of professional activities.

The ArtTable Fellowship Program is partnering this year with the Chrysler Museum of Art (Norfolk, VA); The Laundromat Project (New York, NY), the Museum of Chinese in America (New York, NY); Socrates Sculpture Park (Long Island City, NY); Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center (Oklahoma City, OK); The Arts Student League of New York (New York, NY); LACE, Los Angeles Contemporary (Los Angeles, CA); Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco, CA); and The Morgan Library & Museum (New York, NY)


Alana Tapaha

Alana Tapaha was born and raised on the Navajo Reservation in the Four Corners region of Red Mesa, Utah. She resides in a small town of Cedar City, Utah where she graduated from Southern Utah University, with a Bachelors’ in Fine Arts in Graphic Design the 2019.

Alana’s exhibitions include her Senior Exhibition at the SUMA Museum at Southern Utah University. Included in this exhibit was her handcrafted booklet featuring the “Navajo Sacred Animals” which used letterpress, linocut, inkjet, and pigment linear. 

Gina Adam’s, an internationally recognized indiginous artist, was Dartmouth’s 2019 summer visiting artist. During Gina’s artist residency, Alana had the honor to be her assistant. As the assistant, Alana was a featured artist in Gina Adam’s Solo Exhibition and was included in “Gina Adam’s Catalog” book. In addition, Alana designed her exhibition catalogue and posters and designed Gina’s Open Letter Cutting Sessions at Dartmouth and the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Alana is an emerging designer who wishes to express and amplify the Navajo Culture and its moral teachings and language through design and illustration. Alana’s artistic desire is to share the Navajo story with the younger population and beyond, to create continuity between generations.

2020 has been a very exciting summer for Alana as she is participating in the ArtTable’s Fellowship for the Oklahoma Contemporary remotely in Cedar City, Utah.

Future aspirations include continuing to develop her Navajo language series and the passion to help support other Native heritages in her work. Also to learn more about Museum curatorial activities and behind the scenes practices, and to elevate underrepresented artistic voices within the museum setting and beyond. Another goal is to attend Rhode Island School of Design for a Master’s of Art.

Lisa Zhang

Lisa Yin Zhang is an artist, art historian, and writer, based in Queens, NY. She is a graduate of Williams College, and is interested in marginal narratives of modern and contemporary art history.

Project: Lisa will work with the curatorial team to conduct research in various archives and secure items for the Spring 2021 exhibition about Iris Chang, a journalist that wrote about the atrocities committed against the Chinese during World War II.

Erica Rawles

Erica Rawles is an artist, writer, facilitator, and collaborator with a background in community engagement and organizing. In addition to her personal art practice and work as a freelance writer, Erica collaborates with organizations in a participatory, creative process that prioritizes community building and empowerment. Before joining the Laundromat Project as an ArtTable fellow, she worked as Creative Strategist for the Little Tokyo Service Center and as an educator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. She is also an AmeriCorps alumna. Erica holds a dual B.A. in studio art and philosophy from Claremont McKenna College

Project: Erica will support research projects in relationship to upcoming socially engaged arts programming in collaboration with LP staff, cultural, artists, and, and cultural producers: including curriculum development and public arts programming.

Carola Reyes

Carola Reyes Benítez is a recent graduate from NYU’s College of Arts and Sciences. Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, she embarked to New York City to pursue studies in Art History and Business Studies. During her four years at university, she has had various experiences in the art world, including internships at The Whitney Museum of American Art, Sotheby’s, and Salon 94 gallery in NYC. Her academic interests include international contemporary art and design, specifically that of the Americas. As an incoming ArtTable Fellow at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, she plans to gain further experience in an arts institution while fostering new relationships within the San Francisco art community.

Project: Carola will perform research to develop and write exhibition texts, working both independently and in collaboration with staff for a guest-curated show on June 18th entitled A Place Beyond which reimagines modes of commerce through utopian models of exchange.

Taylor Payer

Boozhoo! My name is Taylor Payer and I am a citizen of the Turtle Mountain Band of Anishinaabe. I graduated from Dartmouth College in 2015 with a Bachelor’s in Women’s and Gender Studies. During my last year of undergraduate, I was a student fellow at the Hood Museum of Art where I worked on public programming and curated an exhibition of contemporary art by women of color and indigenous women.

For the last three years I have worked as a curator and community engagement director at the All My Relations Gallery in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I have also been an arts educator at the Walker Art Center.  As an emerging arts professional, I have been able to curate, organize, and install several exhibitions and creative place-keeping initiatives.

Project: Taylor will be managing the publication for the Park’s upcoming exhibition, Monuments Now (on view May 16, 2020-March 2021) and implementing associated public program under the supervision of Curator, Jess Wilcox.

Michelle Mandarino

Michelle Mandarino is an emerging art historian pursuing a curatorial career. As the first generation in her family born in the U.S., issues of migration and accessibility have always colored her academic and professional pursuits. She is currently a Master’s student in Art History at Indiana University, and is also a graduate of Auburn University where she earned a Bachelor’s in Art History as well as a Bachelor’s in French. She is currently the Graduate Curatorial Assistant of European and American art at the Eskenazi Museum of Art. In addition to her curatorial interests, Michelle’s research interests include southern Baroque painting and the cross-cultural relationship between Italy and the Spanish Empire and its colonial possessions in the seventeenth century.

Project: Michelle will assist the McKinnon Curator in researching the Chrysler Museum’s permanent collection of early modern North American art for a major gallery rotation focused on the theme of international exchange between Mexican and United States artists.

Jocelyn Lopez-Anleu

Jocelyn Lopez-Anleu was born and raised in South Central Los Angeles and is the first member in her family to attend a four-year university. Lopez-Anleu has packed a lot in her four years at UC Santa Cruz. Besides her B.A., she is completing minors in Latin American and Latino studies and History of Consciousness. During her second year, she studied contemporary curatorial practices at the University of Cape Town in South Africa and engaged with different methods of studying art history at UCLA. She also interned at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and The Broad. These experiences starkly illustrated how limiting the traditional art world can be, and she has dedicated her efforts to bring underrepresented artists from communities of color to the forefront. “I do this in hopes that by seeing art that engages with their identity, communities of color and queer communities of color will arrive at an understanding that art and careers in the arts is not something that is inaccessible to them.

Project: Jocelyn will act as a curatorial and program assistant in preparation for the 2020 exhibition Intergalactics: Against Isolation.

Jewel Ham

Jewel Ham is a 2020 Summa Cum Laude Howard University graduate, with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts. Interested in production, curation, and distribution of fine art alike, she intends to increase the accessibility of visual art in Black and brown communities.

Project: Jewel will assist in organizing an exhibition in Cinque Gallery, an important artist collective founded in 1969 by Romare Bearden, Ernest Crichlow, and Norman Lewis with the mission to exhibit the work of both new and established African–American artists.

Aanchal Bakshi

Aanchal Bakshi recently completed her MA Costume Studies from New York University, where she also served as the Graduate Program Assistant for the duration of her degree. She started her career in design, but soon gravitated towards the sociology of fashion. Aanchal has an interest in subcultures and style tribes, and her MA thesis focused on the relationship between skateboarding culture and the fashion industry. She continues to research on the appropriation of subcultures by mainstream fashion and media. Previously, she also co-curated “Gray Area: Authenticity, Value, and Subversion in Fashion” in New York City, where her case study focused on subversion through artist Ari Saal Forman’s “Menthol 10s Sneakers.”

This summer as the Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation ArtTable Diversity Fellow at the Queens Museum, Aanchal will be working on components of the for the forthcoming exhibition exploring Hip Hop in Queens, (title forthcoming), slated for presentation in Fall 2020, and co-curated by Ralph McDaniels, Hip Hop Coordinator at Queens Library, pioneering music video director, and co-creator/host of MTV’s Video Music Box; and Herb Tam, Curator and Director of Exhibitions at the Museum of Chinese in America, the curator of A Jamaica, Queens Thing: Rap and the Crack Era in South Jamaica, Queens(2007). The project will explore the origins of hip hop in the borough of Queens since the late 1970s. In addition to oral histories, documentary video and photography, music ephemera, fashion, and listening stations, the exhibition will include work by contemporary artists that explores the broader influence of hip hop culture in local and global contexts.

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