Monday, June 22, 2015

Welcome, Colleen!

Colleen McDermott inside the Cathedral of St. Denis

Hello! I’m Colleen McDermott, and starting this week I’m taking over as the new Brown Post-Baccalaureate Curatorial Fellow. Our fellow for the past two years, Maggie Kurkoski, will be leaving to pursue a Ph.D. in Art History from Princeton in the fall.

Maggie Kurkoski SC '12 in the Cunningham Center for the Study of Prints, Drawings and Photographs. Photography by Lynne Graves

Maggie’s presence will certainly be missed at SCMA—and I certainly have big shoes to fill. I’ll be in charge of many of the same duties—organizing Student Picks shows, class visits to the Cunningham center, and posts to this very blog!

I just graduated this spring from Yale University with a degree in History of Art; my primary area of focus was medieval art and architecture, so I’m looking forward to learning more about the wonderful collection of works on paper here at the Cunningham Center. As a junior curator and department assistant for the Yale University Art Gallery and Center for British Art, I became interested not only in art and art history, but also how they are presented and discussed in museum environments. The Smith College Museum of Art is an incredible resource not only to students and researchers, but to the public as a whole. I’m very excited to talk and write about the art here, and to help others do the same.  Keep in touch, everyone!


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