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Each year, the Art Institute hosts interns and fellows through multiple training programs, including the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Chicago Objects Study Initiative, the Rhoades Foundation Curatorial Internship, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship.
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Predoctoral Chicago Objects Study Initiative (COSI) Fellows

  • 2016–17

    Jadine Collingwood

    Jadine Collingwood is a doctoral candidate at the University of Chicago and a COSI Fellow in the Art Institute’s Department of Modern and Contemporary Art, mentored by Ann Goldstein, deputy director and chair and curator of modern and contemporary art. Collingwood’s dissertation, “‘A Tragic Suburban Mentality’: Managerial Lyricism in Contemporary Art,” considers the work of Liam Gillick, Matthew Barney, and Pierre Huyghe within the context of 90s-era neoliberalism and the development of networked communication technologies (advisor: Matthew Jackson). She holds a BA in art history and gender studies from the University of Chicago and an MA in art history from the University of California, Berkeley. In 2015–16, Collingwood held the University of Chicago Rhoades Curatorial Internship in the Art Institute’s Department of Architecture and Design.

  • 2016–17

    Anne Feng

    Anne Feng is a doctoral candidate at the University of Chicago and a COSI Fellow in the Art Institute’s Department of Asian Art, mentored by Tao Wang and Elinor Pearlstein. Feng’s dissertation, titled “Waters on the Wall: Producing the Pure Land in 7th–10th Century Mogao, Dunhuang,” is a study of changing conceptions of cave space at Dunhuang (advisor: Wu Hung). Feng received a BA from New York University. In 2008, she interned at the Palace Museum in Beijing, and from 2008–09 she worked on The World of Kublai Khan: Chinese Art in the Yuan Dynasty at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She also worked as a researcher at the Dunhuang Academy and conducted fieldwork in Northwest China in 2014–15 on a Fulbright Award.

  • 2016–17

    Julia Oswald

    Julia Oswald is a doctoral candidate at Northwestern and a COSI Fellow in the Art Institute’s Department of European Painting and Sculpture, mentored by Martha Wolff, Eleanor Wood Prince Curator of European Painting and Sculpture before 1750. Her dissertation, “Sachreliquien and the Rhetorics of the Real and Imagined Treasury, 1100–1600,” examines the growing range of iconographies developed to depict the relics of the Passion (advisor: Christina Normore). Oswald received a BA in art history from Bard College in 2006 and worked as an editor for a contemporary art magazine before beginning her graduate studies. In 2015–16, she conducted research in Germany and France with the support of a Fulbright Award. At the Art Institute, she has worked on the installation of the Deering Family Galleries of Medieval and Renaissance Art, Arms, and Armor, generating content for the infographic portions of the installation and curating a small satellite show of archivalia. She is planning a spring research trip to Munich and Berlin in conjunction with dissertation- and COSI-related research.

  • 2016–17

    Emily Wood

    Emily Wood is a doctoral candidate at Northwestern and holds the COSI internship in the Art Institute’s Department of European Painting and Sculpture. She is mentored by Rebecca Long, Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Associate Curator of European Painting and Sculpture before 1750. Wood studies the art and architecture of early modern Spain and Italy (advisor: Jesús Escobar). She completed her BA in art history at Mount Holyoke College and her MPhil in the history of art and architecture at the University of Cambridge, writing on Titian’s paintings for Charles V and Philip II of Spain. Her dissertation research examines the artistic and political interactions between the Habsburg court in Madrid and the Medici court in Florence during the reign of Philip II (r. 1556–98). At the Art Institute, Wood is helping to prepare an exhibition on the work of 16th-century painter El Greco. For this project, Wood will travel to Spain to meet with curators at the Museo Nacional del Prado and to conduct research at the Archivo General de Simancas.

  • 2016–17

    Robert Burgos

    Robert Burgos is a PhD student in the University of Chicago’s Department of History and this year’s Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Curatorial Intern at the Smart Museum of Art. As a curatorial intern, he is assisting staff with a bequest of Japanese woodblock prints from the Brooks McCormick, Jr., collection. Containing over 1,100 prints and books, the bequest includes many Kamigata ukiyo-e prints, an understudied category of prints from the Kamigata region (now Osaka and Kyoto).

  • 2016–17

    Talia Shabtay

    Talia Shabtay is a PhD student at Northwestern and the Graduate Curatorial Fellow at the Mary and Leigh Block Museum. Shabtay specializes in modern and contemporary art of the United States and Europe, and her current project examines the relationship between mid-20th century film and photography and technologies of vision, information, and transportation. Shabtay is currently preparing two exhibitions at the Block Museum: Mining Pictures From the Collection (2017) and Designers in Film: Avant-Garde and Commercial Cinema in Midcentury Chicago (2018).

Rhoades Foundation Curatorial Internship Alumni

  • 2015–16

    Jadine Collingwood

    Jadine Collingwood, Rhoades Foundation Curatorial Intern in the Art Institute’s Department of Architecture and Design in 2015–16, completed research for the department’s first permanent installation and contributed research on the modern chair for the Design Episodes series. She continued her work with the museum as the 2016–17 COSI Fellow in the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art. She plans to defend her dissertation at the University of Chicago in 2018.

  • 2014–15

    Hannah Klemm

    Hannah Klemm, Rhoades Foundation Curatorial Intern in the Art Institute’s Department of Prints and Drawings in 2014–15, served as the Fisher Collection Graduate Curatorial Fellow at SFMOMA in 2015–16, primarily researching the work of Sigmar Polke and other postwar German artists. In 2016, Klemm assumed the post of assistant curator of modern and contemporary art at the St. Louis Art Museum, where she opened her first New Media Series exhibition, on the work of Dara Birnbaum. Klemm will complete her dissertation on the early work of German artist A. R. Penck at the University of Chicago in 2017.

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Undergraduate Curatorial Fellows

  • 2016–18

    Margarita Lizcano

    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. Born in Chihuahua, Mexico, Lizcano is also interested in the hybridity of both physical borders, such as the Mexico-US 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.

  • 2016–18

    Alejandra Vargas

    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, mentors Vargas.

  • 2015–17

    Jarvis Boyland

    Jarvis Boyland graduated from the University of Memphis with a major in studio art and a minor in art history in 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.

  • 2015–17

    Yady Rivero

    Yady Rivero graduated from the University of Chicago in 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 2015–16 academic year, Victoria Sancho Lobis, then the 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 2016–17 academic year and summer internship, Rivero was mentored by staff in the Department of Modern and Contemporary art: Robyn Farrell, now an assistant curator; Nora Riccio, director of curatorial administration; and Katja Rivera, research associate.

  • 2014–16

    Sarah Molina

    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 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, DC, 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.

  • 2014–16

    Sheridan Tucker

    Sheridan Tucker completed a one-year MA in the humanities at the University of Chicago in 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.

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