News from Our Fellows
Alejandra Lopez-Oliveros (2021 Fellow, Project for Empty Space) is the new Gallery / Collection Assistant at Another Space, a gallery in New York, NY established by the Daniel and Estrellita B. Brodsky Family Foundation to broaden international awareness and appreciation of art from Latin America.
Sarika Sanyal (2021 Fellow, Public Art Fund) is the new Associate Director at Los Angeles Nomadic Division (LAND).
Marcela C. Guerrero (2005 Fellow, Catherine Clark Gallery) has been promoted to Jennifer Rubio Associate Curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Jewel Ham (2020 Fellow, The Arts Student League) is curating a virtual exhibition entitled “Wrist Game.” This collaborative digital experience will feature a roster of Black visual artists and musicians, as so often one genre influences the other.
Jewel says, “This will be my first independent curatorial role and, although this project will be available to engage with entirely online, I am looking forward to sharing its community nature with you.” Wrist Game will open officially on April 14, but in the meantime, please enjoy the Pre-site – featuring the “set list” of artists, a few upcoming events, and a written overview of the show by clicking here.
“As a curator, Jewel aims to reimagine the traditional gallery space, amplifying the work of powerhouse Black artists. Inspired by her own studio practice as well as the idea of “curating a mood” and the music video feeling that comes with finding your song, she came into this project wanting to visualize a vibe. Although not personally musically inclined, the unapologetic nature of Black femme rap and other lyrical genres has fueled Jewel’s artistic practice from the start.
“After interning for Spotify in 2019 and going viral for my experiences there, it became clear that the system for giving visual artists and designers credit where due on major projects simply did not exist. As the Black experience and its accompanying culture continue to define popular and consumer culture alike, Jewel felt it was time to create a table of our own. In partnership with Treble, a community-driven virtual music resource space, she hopes to further amplify the work of Black contemporary artists across the world, as they set today’s cultural stage.”
Alana Hernandez (2015 Lila Harnett ArtTable Diversity Fellow) will join the CALA Alliance in Phoenix, AZ as Executive Director & Curator on March 1, 2021.
Sua Mendez (2020 Fellow, The Morgan Library & Museum) is the new Collections Management & Archives Intern at the South Street Seaport Museum in New York.
Chelsea Adewunmi (2020 Lila Harnett ArtTable Diversity Fellow, Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum) has applied her love for art, culture, and African American studies to the role of Associate Producer for the new HBO documentary film, “Black Art: In the Absence of Light” (2021).
Carola Reyes (2020 Fellow, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts) recently joined the team at Sotheby’s in New York as Associate Cataloguer, Contemporary Art Day Sale.
Get to know Erica Rawles (2020 Fellow, The Laundromat Project) in this new profile from The Laundromat Project.
Nana Yoshida (2018 Lenore G. Tawney Foundation ArtTable Diversity Fellow) has started blogging about fashion, culture, and social changes of New York City, as part of larger book project on “Designing in Brooklyn: 20 years of Fads, Fashion, and Social Change, 1997-2017.”
Jovanna Jones (2017 Elaine Goldman ArtTable Diversity Fellow) reached her PhD candidacy and has begun working on her dissertation project, currently titled “American Gothic: Housing, Visual Culture, and the Aesthetics of Black Space,” that will be examining the image and politics of housing in documentary photography, architectural plans, and American painting from the Depression Era to Postwar Renewal. In addiiton, most recently she received a special citation for the inaugural Gordon Parks Foundation Essay Prize at Harvard for my paper entitled “Social Photography and the Racial Politics of Place.” As a graduate intern at the Harvard Art Museums, Division of European and American Art, under the supervision of Ethan Lasser, Curator, she has been working on text for the museum’s upcoming Winslow Homer (Fall 2019,) and contributing early research for a retrospective exhibit on Dave Drake, an enslaved potter in South Carolina in the 19th century.
Kimberly Jacobs (2016 Catherine Hannah Behrend Fellow, Philadelphia Museum of Art) was appointed in September 2018 as the first Joyce Blackmon Curatorial Fellow at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, Tennessee.
Alyssa Velazquez (2016 Kress Foundation Fellow, Columbia Museum of Art) is leaving her position as a Curatorial Research Associate at the Columbia Museum of Art in South Carolina, a position which she was offered after completion of her felllowship, has just been appointed as the Curatorial Assistant, Decorative Arts and Design, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA beginning this summer.
Ashley DeHoyos (2015 Arttable/Kress Fellowship, Philadelphia Museum of Art) was appointed in Fall 2018 as the Assistant Curator, DiverseWorks, Houston, Texas.
Erika Hirugami (2015 ArtTable/Kress Foundation Fellow, Columbia Museum of Art ) has accepted the position of Curatorial Director at the KNOW Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. This coming Fall, she will also be beginning her Ph.D. studies in Chicana and Chicano Studies at UCLA. Her thesis will focus on the convergence of aesthetics and transnationalism, with a special concern for undocumented Mexican experiences. Her ultimate academic goal is to generate resources about, for, and with undocumented Latinx artists.
We wish all of our past and present Fellows continued success with their achievements and look forward to following their career paths!