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Current and Former Fellows

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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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Rhoades Foundation Curatorial Internship Alumni

  • 2017–18

    Meekyung MacMurdie

    Rhoades Curatorial Intern in the department of Textiles

    A doctoral candidate in art history at the University of Chicago, MacMurdie studies premodern Islamic Art. Her dissertation, “Geometric Medicine: Aniconism and Arab Painting,” examines the use of pattern, proportion, and ornament in medieval Arabic diagrams and tables.

  • 2015–16

    Jadine Collingwood

    Rhoades Curatorial Intern in the Department of Architecture and Design

    A doctoral candidate in art history at the University of Chicago, 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. Collingwood continued her work with the museum as a 2016–17 COSI Fellow in the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art.  

  • 2014–15

    Hannah Klemm

    Rhoades Curatorial Intern in the Department of Prints and Drawings

    A doctoral candidate in art history at the University of Chicago, Klemm primarily researches the work of Sigmar Polke and other postwar German artists. Her dissertation is titled “Systems Depictions: A. R. Penck and the East German Underground, 1953-1980.”

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Undergraduate Curatorial Fellows

  • 2018–20 (current Fellows)

    Kayleigh Doyen

    Doyen is an undergraduate student at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she studies art history and museum studies. A first-generation college student, Doyen has earned several scholarships while furthering her education, including from the National Hispanic Scholarship Fund. She developed a passion for museums while working as a technician at the Bay County Historical Society, and since beginning her undergraduate career, she has completed internships at the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago and the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC. Outside of museum work, Kayleigh is a resident assistant with UIC Campus Housing and a fellow with America Needs You, a nonprofit providing professional development for low-income, first-generation college students. Doyen’s focus of study is contemporary American art and she is keen to orient her career towards elevating underrepresented narratives within American art museums. Her undergraduate thesis will discuss Latino Futurist interdisciplinary art in the United States circa 1960. At the Art Institute, she is currently mentored by Elizabeth McGoey, Ann S. and Samuel M. Mencoff Associate Curator of American Art.

  • 2018–20

    Isabella Ko

    Ko is an undergraduate student at Northwestern University, where she studies art history, with a minor in French and business. Her passions lie in probing the relationship between art and activism, the processes of place-making, and the possibilities for inclusive, collective learning and action. Ko views curation as a way of providing platforms for marginalized narratives and of strengthening solidarity among diverse communities. Outside of academics, she is a student docent at the Block Museum of Art, where she also served as a summer curatorial intern, conducting research for upcoming exhibitions and designing an audio as well as family guide for the museum’s sculpture garden. In addition, Isabella is deeply invested in community organizing on campus, involved in groups such as Asian Pacific American Coalition and Black Lives Matter NU and in campaigns relating to labor justice, immigration rights, and ethnic studies departmentalization. At the Art Institute, she is currently mentored by Erica Warren, assistant curator of textiles.

Previous Fellows

  • 2016–18

    Margarita Lizcano Hernandez

    Lizcano Hernandez completed her undergraduate degree at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2018. 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. Lizcano Hernandez is now working towards her MA degree at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. Her 2016–18 Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship at the Art Institute involved curatorial projects with, and mentoring from, curators in Photography, Modern and Contemporary Art, and the Department of the Arts of Africa and the Americas.

  • 2016–18

    Alejandra Vargas

    Vargas will complete her undergraduate degree at the School of the Art Institute in 2019. Prior to her fellowship at the Art Institute, Vargas was a two-year intern at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago where 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. Her 2016–18 Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship at the Art Institute involved curatorial projects with, and mentoring from, curators in European Decorative Arts and Architecture and Design.

  • 2015–17

    Jarvis Boyland

    Jarvis Boyland completed his undergraduate degree at 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. His 2015–17 Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship at the Art Institute involved curatorial projects with, and mentoring from, curators in American Art, Prints and Drawings, and the Department of Learning and Public Engagement.

  • 2015–17

    Yady Rivero

    Yady Rivero completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Chicago in 2017 with a major in art history and a specialization in Latin American art and media theory. Through her Mellon fellowship at the Art Institute, Rivero honed her expertise in film, video and new media and explored questions on museum public(s) and their relationship with the art institution. Her 2015–17 Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship at the Art Institute involved curatorial projects with, and mentoring from, curators in Architecture and Design, Prints and Drawings, and the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art.

  • 2014–16

    Sarah Molina

    Molina completed her undergraduate degree at 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, and most recently, as a National Science Foundation Fellow. Her 2014–16 Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship at the Art Institute involved curatorial projects with, and mentoring from, curators in Asian Art, the Department of European Painting and Sculpture, and the Department of Textiles.

  • 2014–16

    Sheridan Tucker Anderson

    Tucker Anderson completed her undergraduate degree at the School of the Art Institute in 2015 and earned a MA in the humanities from 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. Tucker Anderson is now Assistant Director at Gallery 400, University of Illinois, Chicago. Her 2014–16 Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship at the Art Institute involved curatorial projects with, and mentoring from, curators in American Art and the department of Modern and Contemporary Art.

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