Blog / Center for Curatorial Leadership taps Nasher curator

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By Wendy
The Nasher Museum’s own Trevor Schoonmaker, curator of contemporary art, is one of 12 curators from art institutions around the country selected to take part in the 2010 fellowship program of the Center for Curatorial Leadership (CCL), a non-profit organization in New York City that trains curators for leadership positions.

The fellows for 2010 include:
• Christophe Cherix, curator, Department of Prints and Illustrated Books, The Museum of Modern Art, New York
• Deborah Cullen, director of curatorial programs, El Museo del Barrio, New York
• Malcolm Daniel, curator in charge, Department of Photographs, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
• Kristina van Dyke, associate curator for collections and research, The Menil Collection, Houston
• Kathleen Forde, curator of Time-Based Visual Arts, Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, Troy, New York
• Alison de Lima Greene, curator, contemporary art and special projects, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
• Frederick Ilchman, Mrs. Russell W. Baker Curator of Paintings, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
• Chiyo Ishikawa, deputy director for art and curator of European Paintings and Sculpture, Seattle Art Museum
• Alisa LaGamma, curator, Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
• Lisa E. Rotondo-McCord, assistant director for art and curator of Asian Art, New Orleans Museum of Art
• Trevor Schoonmaker, curator of contemporary art, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University
• Stephan Wolohojian, Landon and Lavinia Clay Curator and Department Head, Department of Paintings, Sculpure and Decorative Arts, Harvard Art Museum/Fogg

In its third year, the program is already a prestigious one. And it’s intense.

Trevor and the other fellows will take instruction from the Graduate School of Business at Columbia University as well as top U.S. museum directors, administrators and trustees.
The program involves a two-week immersion course in New York in January, one week in New York in June and one week at another art museum.

From the press release:
“The Center for Curatorial Leadership acknowledges the increasing need for curators to learn new skills that combine traditional curatorial connoisseurship and art historical scholarship with administrative, managerial, and fundraising expertise. The aim of the program is to develop a new kind of curator, one who is able to take responsibility for the art in his or her care, and who is also capable of handling the internal and external managerial responsibilities integral to the larger, more broad-based concerns of the museum and the profession. … The intention is to encourage curators to strengthen their skills and to nurture talented curators who may not realize their own potential for leadership.”

“The CCL welcomed its first class of fellows in 2008. Among the 20 fellows to date, two have been named directors, four have been promoted to deputy-director or associate director rank, two have been promoted to chief curator, and three others have attained more senior positions.”

Congratulations, Trevor!

The program is co-founded by Agnes Gund, President Emerita of The Museum of Modern Art, and Elizabeth Easton, the former chair of the Department of European Painting at the Brooklyn Museum.


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