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.

Ash Cortes

Class of 2022

Ash Cortes (Bronx, NY) is a queer New York-based Puerto Rican artist. They earned their B.F.A. in Photography and Video from the School of Visual Arts in 2016. Cortes currently works at SVA as the Exhibitions Coordinator for the BFA Photo and Video program and is frequently contracted by New York City artists for custom frame building/installation and book design/fabrication.

Christina Cuthbertson

Class 2022

Christina Cuthbertson (Lethbridge, Canada) is an independent curator and writer currently based in New York City. She held numerous positions at the Southern Alberta Art Gallery, including assistant curator (2012-2014) and interim curator (2014-2017). Recent exhibitions include Mary Kavanagh: Daughters of Uranium, Brendan Fernandes: Still Move, Sarah Anne Johnson: Hospital Hallway, Petra Mala Miller: Portraits in Light, and Miruna Dragan: Another Name for Everywhere. Cuthbertson has written exhibition texts for Stride (Calgary), Latitude 53 (Edmonton), Trianon Gallery (Lethbridge), and OBORO (Montreal), and her writing has also appeared in Galleries West and Momus. She was curator-in-residence at the Banff International Curatorial Institute in 2018 and curator-in-residence at the International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP) in Brooklyn in 2019. Her current research interests focus on concepts of affect, embodiment, and power structures as defined through institutional and experiential relationships, and the translation and mediation of knowledge. Working within and beyond the boundaries of the museum or art institution, her projects have taken on many forms, including exhibitions, interdisciplinary collaborations, performances, workshops, sensory experiences, and public art projects. 

Katelynn Dunn

Class of 2022

Katelynn Dunn (Washington, DC) is a writer, artist, and curator now living in New York City. She received a B.A. in Global Affairs from George Mason University in 2010. As a program intern at the International Studio and Curatorial Program, her time is focused on the online journal. While a gallery assistant at Van Der Plas Gallery on the Lower East Side (2019-2020), she produced exhibitions and managed gallery operations. She has supported Transformer DC in their fifteenth annual art auction (2018) and was a panel member for the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Fellowship Grant (2017). As an editorial intern for 360 Magazine (2019) and Mixmag (2020), she produced artist biographies, cultural news, and interviews. She has contributed writing to Whitehot Magazine (2020) and the "What Could/Should Curating Do" program journal (2020).

Angelica Maria 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.

Emma Gasterland-Gustafsson

Class of 2022

Emma Gasterland-Gustafsson (Saint Paul, MN) was born in Malmö, Sweden and raised in Minnesota. She received her B.A in art history with a minor in studio art from Gustavus Adolphus College, where she became entranced by Relational Aesthetics and participatory art. While an undergrad, Gasterland-Gustafsson was selected as an SCA scholar to conduct research in Sweden on the radical reclamation of Folk Art by a younger generation of contemporary Swedish artists. She has done curatorial work with the Minneapolis Institute of Art and has worked as an assistant with SooVAC and Second Shift Studio Space. Her curatorial research has a strong focus on empathy and the relational form. Her hope is to found her own space devoted to installation and performance.


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.

Tamara Khasanova

Class of 2022

Tamara Khasanova (Dnipro, Ukraine) is an emerging art professional and curator currently based in New York City. She received her B.A. in graphic and media design with First Class Honours from the University of the Arts, London, and a post-baccalaureate in studio art from the San Francisco Art Institute. In her curatorial and academic practice, she is concerned with questions surrounding cultural hegemony, national identity, and globalization in the context of post-Socialist states, the territories of Central Asia, and Eastern Europe. In particular, her research concerns the presence and absence of cultural institutions, and their potential impact on the geopolitical, social, and economic climate through the curation of educational public programs.

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.

Carina Martinez

Class of 2022

Carina N. Martinez (McAllen, TX) received her B.A. in Liberal Studies with concentrations in art and philosophy from St. Edward’s University. Initially interested in pursuing her master's degree in architecture, she conducted academic research on the brutalist architecture of the 1960s and contemporary religious structures. She became acquainted with the New York City art world while interning at the studio of Neo-Pop artist Peter Tunney and went on to study museums, galleries, and curating at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London. She has co-curated a pop-up gallery show and a virtual exhibition within her local Chicanx arts community of South Texas and aspires to work with spatially engaged artists who blur the lines between art and architecture. 

Yuan Shi

Class of 2022

Yuan Shi (Nanjing, China) is a curator based in New York. Yuan received her B.A. degree in art history, anthropology and an East-Asian Studies certificate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison before joining the MA Curatorial Practice program. She had internships in the curatorial department of Nanjing Museum and the ancient book conservation department of Nanjing Library. She is interested in both contemporary art and ancient art crafts. Shi is particularly interested in the intersection of modern societies and their cultural, racial, and national histories.

Marley Smit

Class of 2021

Marley C. Smit (New York, NY) is a New York City-born and raised art critic and former gallerist. 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. Most recently, she served as 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.

Zezhou Wang

Class of 2022

Zezhou Wang (Zhejiang, China) is a curator and designer. After receiving his B.A. in architecture from Zhejiang University in 2017, he began curating in Shanghai. He finished an M.S. program in multimedia entertainment and technology at HK Polytechnic University in 2020, focusing on design psychology.

Kevin Wu

Class of 2022

Kevin Wu (Beijing, China) is a writer/translator, curator, and artist currently based in New York City. Wu received his B.A. in art history and visual art from Columbia College, Columbia University in 2018. Previously, he interned at the Cai Studio and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. In 2019, he worked as the curator’s assistant at the 5th Ural Biennial in Russia. He is currently invested in topics such as hauntology, posthumanism, futurism, and sci-fi. 

Katy Zhang

Class of 2022

Katy Zhang (Hangzhou, China) is a New York-based artist and curator. She received her B.F.A. in Photo & Video from the School of Visual Arts in 2019. Zhang has served as a curatorial assistant and public relations intern at Asia Contemporary Art Week. With a research focus on lens-based art and time-based media, Zhang is interested in contemporary interdisciplinary art practices that entangle science, history, philosophy, and politics. As an artist with a strong theoretical practice, her works have been included in exhibitions in both China and the United States.

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. 

Xiao Zong

Class of 2021

Xiao Zong (Shanghai, China) is a curator currently based in New York. Previously, she was an investment banker at China Merchants Securities. Zong received her BS in Finance from the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing and her MS in Finance from the University of Maryland's Robert. H. Smith Business School. She worked briefly at the Poly International Auction before joining the MA Curatorial Practice program. Her passion for contemporary art brought her to the New York art world where she hopes to continue her practice, as well as in China.

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