STUDENTS

Olakiitan Adeola

Class of 2021

Olakiitan Adeola (Lagos, Nigeria) is a writer and curator based in New York City. During the last three years, working in the city of Lagos, they worked independently and with others on small-scale cultural projects, curated both group and solo exhibitions of emerging and established contemporary Nigerian artists, and taken on advisory roles for younger and student artists. Adeola has participated in workshops and forums that advocate for critical documentation and preservation of Nigerian visual culture. Their independent pursuits coalesced into Qra33, a studiolab designing objects and spaces of critical nuance and play. Adeola’s current research takes specific interest in the poetics and sur-realities of new-media and post-internet art.

Isabella Anastasio

Class of 2021

Isabella (Bella) Anastasio (New York, NY) Born in Vermont and raised on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, Anastasio received her B.A. in Studio Art and Art History double major from the University of Vermont in Burlington. She has done curatorial work at Burlington’s Fleming Museum and was the external exhibitions intern at Burlington City Arts. Currently, Anastasio is interested in the grotesque in art and continues her artistic practice in New York.

Ashlin Artemesia Ballif

Class of 2021

Ashlin Artemesia Ballif (Burlington, VT) received her Honors B.A. in Art History with a minor in English from the University of Vermont in Burlington, where her particular focus was on sociopolitical and conceptual artwork. She worked in the Exhibitions & Collections Department of the Fleming Museum and as an events coordinator at Burlington City Arts. After graduation, Ballif worked for two years as a gallery assistant and on the Artist Jury Committee at Frog Hollow Gallery in Burlington. Her current focus is on interdisciplinary programming and curating.

Kate Benedict

Class of 2020

Kate Benedict (Toronto, Canada) is a curator and writer. She is the co-director and curator of Bunker 2 Contemporary Art Container, an alternative exhibition space based out of a repurposed shipping container in Toronto. Benedict holds an Honors B.F.A in Digital Media Studies from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. She is on the Advisory and Programming Committee at Critical Distance Centre for Curators and has been invited to speak and/or moderate on multiple panels. She has published three publications and in 2016 was the Edition Art Book Fair Coordinator. In addition to working at many artist-run centers, including Studio XX and 8 Eleven, for the past three years Benedict has been employed at Division Gallery, Toronto, where she formerly held the position of gallery manager. Adopting an intersectional feminist approach, Benedict’s curatorial research focuses on the fields of contemporary visual culture, identity politics, and digital media. Her practice explores a collapse of traditional environments and relationships, prompting the viewer to reconsider the power dynamics at play in our online and physical spaces.

Claudia Delaplace

Class of 2020

Claudia Delaplace (San Juan, Puerto Rico) received an A.B. in the History of Art with a minor in Latin American Studies from Bryn Mawr College. She has held internships with the Education Department at the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico and with the Art Gallery at Universidad del Sagrado Corazón under the supervision of Puerto Rican art historian and curator, Adlín Ríos Rigau. She most recently assisted María Angela López Vilella, executive director of the Museo de Las Américas in Old San Juan, where she also helped collaborate in the retrospective exhibition, Rafael Rivera Rosa: Mirada extendida.

Xinchen Du

Class of 2020

Xinchen Du (Nanjing, China) is an artist and curator based in New York. She received her B.F.A. from Parsons School of Design, majoring in Fine Arts and minoring in Museum and Curatorial Studies. She has interned as an assistant curator in China and has co-curated several installations for the artist Yu Hui at the Jiangsu Art Museum in Nanjing. As an artist, her work has been included in group shows in New York and in China.

Angelica Fuentes

Class of 2021

Angelica Fuentes (Merced, CA) is a curator, writer, and playworker. Fuentes holds a B.A. in Art History, Theory, and Criticism from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). While attending UCSD Fuentes worked in campus galleries, curated both student and professional art exhibitions, sat on the curatorial committee for two annual student art shows, and participated in the Visual Art Department's art history honors series, which resulted in a research thesis on the recurring image of the crucifix in contemporary art. While living in San Diego, Fuentes worked at a hybrid contemporary art and children's museum, the New Children's Museum, as a playworker and later as apart of the museum’s annual community outreach programming. Fuentes' curatorial interests lie in museum accessibility making space for artists identifying as other in the context of art-historical Eurocentrism and patriarchal canonization. She seeks to use curation as a medium for mobilizing counter-hegemonic visibility regarding diversity, intersectionality, and equity.

David Hanlon

Class of 2021

David Hanlon (Kailua, HI) earned his B.F.A. in photography at the School of Visual Arts in 2016, while also running his own art handling and exhibition preparatory freelance business for the past twelve years. Afterwards he gained experience with various galleries in Berlin and New York, along with working on various publications throughout Scandinavia. He received a master’s degree from Sotheby’s Institute of Art, where his subject law and the art market, while also working at the Aperture Foundation and at Aicon Gallery. As well, Hanlon designed a nonprofit communal art space in partnership with Hawaiian Airlines and continues independent curatorial work during his current studies.

Ashley King

Class of 2021

Ashley King (Cliffwood, NJ) is a New York-based independent curator, art administrator, graphic designer, and the founder of blk studios. She received a B.A. in Graphic Design and a minor in Visual Arts Management from Columbia College Chicago and is an alumna of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Andrew W. Mellon Academy. King’s curatorial work focuses on creating spaces that combat social stigmas with the goal of re-humanizing marginalized communities and the representation of the African Diaspora in the art world. Her curatorial work has been reviewed in the Chicago Tribune and featured in a variety of online independent magazines. King previously managed Columbia College Chicago’s student/alumni exhibition space and has worked with a variety of art venues, such as Acre Residency, Mana Contemporary, Chicago Design Museum, 6018North, and many more. 

Minji Lee

Class of 2021

Minji Lee (Seoul, South Korea) is an independent curator and writer. Minji received her B.F.A in Curatorial Studies & Art Management from Dongduk Women’s University, Seoul. Subsequently, she worked as an exhibition coordinator at 2016 Busan Biennale, titled “Hybridizing Earth, Discussing Multitude,” under Artistic Director Cheagob Yun (Director of HOW Art Museum, Shanghai). Afterward Lee worked at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA) in Seoul and at the Coreana Museum of Art. Lee’s curatorial research focuses on cultural anthropology, with a strong interest in race, gender, and post-colonialism through the lens of contemporary art.

Clifford Loh

Class of 2021

Clifford Loh (Singapore) received his Honors B.F.A. in photography at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore in 2015. In 2016, he served as Curatorial Projects Manager at the Parkview Museum Singapore, where he oversaw public programs and curatorial research. In 2018, Loh served as project manager at NTU-Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, where he oversaw a public art education and research residency program. He is invested in the research of art in publicly accessible spaces and transdisciplinary approaches to contemporary visual arts and culture in Southeast Asia. Prior to his work in the visual arts, Loh co-founded and is managing editor of Vulture Magazine, a Singapore-based independent publication dedicated to the exploration of contemporary culture. For Vulture, Loh has interviewed artists and cultural luminaries, such as Ai Wei Wei, Rikrit Tiravanija, Jesse Jones, Gerhard Steidl, and Rick Owens, among others.

Rebecca Jean Marsh

Class of 2020

Rebecca Jean Marsh (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) received her B.F.A. in 3D Media, with a minor in Art History, from Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. There she served as the president of the Jodee Harris Gallery committee for two years, curating several exhibitions. She worked as a gallery assistant in the VACI Galleries of the Chautauqua Institution, New York. She spent her undergraduate years focusing primarily on her own artmaking, cultivating her technical and conceptual language. Somewhere during her exploration of art and history, a particular curiosity about religion emerged. Much of her current artwork, research, and writing analyzes and critiques religion and other pseudo-sciences.

Anqi Ni

Class of 2020

Anqi (Angie) Nee (Tongling, China) is a graphic designer and curator. She received her B.F.A. in Visual Communication from the Central Academy of Fine Arts (Beijing) in 2016. Since 2014, she has participated in Beijing International Design Week as a designer and curator, where her works have received various prizes.

Marley Smit

Class of 2021

Marley C. Smit (New York, NY) is a New York City-born and raised gallerist and art critic. She received her B.A. in Art History from Hampshire College and then returned home to immerse herself in the New York art world. She has worked in various galleries across the city, as well as at an artist studio and an arts public relations firm. She is currently the assistant to Sarah Potter, an art dealer and independent curator based in New York. Smit’s written work can be found in publications such as D/Railed Contemporary Art Magazine and Whitehot Magazine.

David Suarez Mira

Class of 2020

David Suarez Mira is a journalist, candidate for the M.A. in Museum Studies and Heritage Management. Experience working with the cultural sector, using the culture as a process for social changing with communities in condition of marginalization; by creating digital platforms, workshops, and exhibitions that showcase the process.

Victoria Yaoli Wang

Class of 2020

Yaoli (Victoria) Wang (Beijing, China) received her B.A. in Art History, with double minors in Psychology and Japanese, from the University of Miami, Florida. She has served as a curatorial assistant to Xiaoning Cai, working on the China International Women’s Film Festival, Shenyang station, at 1905 Re-creative Space, Shenyang, Liaoning. She co-curated the ninth annual student-curated exhibition Inner Spheres: The Tender Force of Art in Glass with her professor Jenna Efrein at the Lowe Art Museum in University of Miami.

Yuan Zhi

Class of 2021

Yuan Zhi (Hangzhou, China) is a writer and curator currently based in New York. She received her B.A. from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, majoring in Visual Culture and Cinema Studies. Zhi is interested in the cross section of visual phenomena and politics. In 2018 she published a research paper “The Role of Artist in Arab Spring” in CMA Journal. She has worked at the Power Station of Art in Shanghai, assisting on several exhibitions, including The Time Writing. Zhi most recently worked for the Richmond Art Gallery in Vancouver as an exhibition coordinator and curatorial assistant, where she helped organize ArtRich 2018, as well as working on exhibitions by Xiaojing Yan and Karen Tam. 

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