Fellows

Margarita Lizcano

2016–18 Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellow

Margarita Lizcano

is a senior in art history, theory, and criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her focus is on Latin American modern and contemporary art with an interest in Hélio Oiticica, Lygia Clark, and Guillermo Gomez-Peña. Having been born in Chihuahua, Mexico, Lizcano is also interested in the hybridity of both physical borders, such as the Mexico/U.S. border, and metaphorical borders as they relate to issues of classism and colorism.

During the 2016–17 academic year Michal Raz Russo, assistant curator of photography, was Lizcano’s mentor. Constantine Petridis, chair of the Department of the Arts of Africa and the Americas and curator of African art, presided over her summer internship; and this academic year Jordan Carter, assistant curator of modern and contemporary art, mentors Lizcano.


Alejandra Vargas

2016–18 Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellow

Alejandra Vargas

is a junior in art history, theory, and criticism at the School of the Art Institute (SAIC). Before attending SAIC, Vargas was a two-year intern at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. During her time at the MCA, she and her peers, together called the Teen Creative Agency, explored the institution's relationship to minority youth. Along with other participants, Vargas co-curated 21 Minus, an event that invited young people from around the city to take over the museum’s spaces. Vargas has also worked with the Art Institute of Chicago’s Department of Learning and Public Engagement, exploring the ways that cultural institutions give back to and serve underrepresented communities.

During the 2016–17 academic year and summer internship, Leslie Fitzpatrick, assistant curator of European decorative arts, mentored Vargas. This academic year Alison Fisher, Harold and Margot Schiff Associate Curator of Architecture and Design, will mentor Vargas.

Jarvis Boyland

2015–17 Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellow

Jarvis Boyland

graduated from the University of Memphis with a major in studio art and a minor in art history in spring 2017. Boyland admires the work of Edgar Degas, David Hockney, Delacroix, Vermeer, Rembrandt, and contemporary artist Kehinde Wiley. As a practicing painter, he is interested in contemporary genre painting and heavily inspired by working-class and social justice issues. Deeply committed to his painting practice, Boyland aims to also independently pursue curatorial endeavors.

During the 2015–16 academic year and summer internship, Mark Pascale, Janet and Craig Duchossois Curator of Prints and Drawings, was Jarvis’s mentor. During the 2016–17 academic year, Sarah Kelly Oehler, Field-McCormick Chair and Curator of American Art, mentored Jarvis. Nenette Luarca-Shoaf, director of adult learning and associate curator of interpretation in the Department of Learning and Public Engagement, presided over his 2017 summer internship.


Yady Rivero

2015–17 Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellow

Yady Rivero

graduated from the University of Chicago in spring 2017 with a major in art history and a specialization in Latin American art and media theory. Through her fellowship, Rivero honed her expertise in film, video and new media and explored questions on museum public(s) and their relationship with the art institution.

During the 2015-2016 academic year Victoria Sancho Lobis, Prince Trust Associate Curator of Prints and Drawings, mentored Rivero. Karen Kice, former Neville Bryan Assistant Curator of Architecture and Design, presided over Rivero's 2016 summer internship. During the 20016–17 academic year and summer internship Rivero was mentored by staff in the Department of Modern and Contemporary art: Robyn Farrell, curatorial assistant; Nora Riccio, director of curatorial administration; and Katja Rivera, research associate.


Sarah Molina

2014-16 Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellows

Sarah Molina

graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a major in art history and minors in philosophy, politics, and economics, in the spring of 2016. Her undergraduate thesis focused on boundaries and frontiers in the Mediterranean as delineated through her study of al-Idrisi’s medieval cartographic manuscript. Since completing the Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship, Molina has embarked on a yearlong dual internship in both the curatorial and education departments at the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. and has returned to the Art Institute for the 2017–18 year as a Kress Interpretive Fellow.

During the 2014–15 academic year Janice Katz, Roger L. Weston Associate Curator of Japanese Art, mentored Molina. During the 2015–16 year Molina was mentored by curators in the Department of European Painting and Sculpture: Martha Wolff, Eleanor Wood Prince Curator of European Painting Before 1750; Jonathan Tavares, associate curator of arms and armor; and Rebecca Long, Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Associate Curator. Dan Walker, former chair and Christa C. Mayer Thurman Curator of Textiles and curator of Islamic art, presided over Molina's 2015 and 2016 summer internships.


Sheridan Tucker

2014-16 Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellow

Sheridan Tucker

completed a one-year MA in the humanities at the University of Chicago in the spring of 2016. Her thesis focused on abstract painter Ed Clark’s shaped canvas, Untitled, 1957 that is part of the Art Institute’s contemporary collection. Since completing the Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship, Tucker has been awarded the 2016–18 Curatorial Fellowship for Diversity in the Arts at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, and has been selected as a Chicago Artists Coalition Hatch Projects 2016–17 Curatorial Resident.

During the 2014–15 academic year and for her summer internship, Sarah Kelly Oehler, Field-McCormick Chair and Curator of American Art, mentored Tucker. Kate Nesin, former associate curator of modern and contemporary art, mentored Tucker throughout the 2015–16 academic year and presided over her summer internship.