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Emily Handlin, PhD

Fairfield,CT

Summary

Experienced art-world professional and teacher with over ten years of experience in curation focused on modern and contemporary art, as well as a background in academic research. Skilled at community engagement, project management, and collaborating with artists, curators, designers, and lay people to define the interpretive direction, narrative structure, and design of exhibitions.

Overview

14
14
years of professional experience

Work History

Associate Curator of Exhibitions and Programs

Katonah Museum of Art
2021.01 - 2023.11
  • Oversaw the Museum's exhibition schedule, including curating three major exhibitions, acting as presenting curator for six traveling and guest-curated exhibitions, and developing associated public programming
  • Project managed and edited for four exhibition catalogues and contributed scholarly essays to two catalogues
  • Lead quarterly meetings of the Exhibitions Committee, and interfaced with key donors and members of the KMA Board of Trustees
  • Collaborated with Mark Rothko's estate to developed The Rothko Room, a series of single-painting installations by the artist
  • Acted as lead for successful grant applications to support exhibitions and programming, including from the Terra Foundation for American Art, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and Humanities New York, among others
  • Developed a full roster of public programs, including workshops, artist talks and panels, and scholarly lectures
  • Managed the Museum's curatorial budget
  • Managed one full-time employee and project-based curatorial interns.

Assistant Curator of Exhibitions and Programs

Katonah Museum of Art
2020.01 - 2021.01
  • Oversaw the Museum's exhibition schedule, including curating three major exhibitions, acting as presenting curator for six traveling and guest-curated exhibitions, and developing associated public programming
  • Project managed and edited for four exhibition catalogues and contributed scholarly essays to two catalogues
  • Lead quarterly meetings of the Exhibitions Committee, and interfaced with key donors and members of the KMA Board of Trustees
  • Managed the Museum's curatorial budget
  • Managed one full-time employee and project-based curatorial interns.

Marsted Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow for Contemporary Art

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
2018.11 - 2020.01
  • Co-curated an exhibition of contemporary photography
  • Lead an assessment of a 315-object collection, including provenance and object research, updating catalogue records, and coordinating conservation efforts
  • Developed a queer permanent collection tour and collaborated with LGBTQIA+ community members and artists to record an audio guide.

Gallery Director

Eastern Connecticut State University
2016.10 - 2018.10
  • Oversaw the day-to-day operations of the Gallery
  • Expanded the Gallery's curatorial program by organizing four exhibitions of contemporary art per academic year as well as associated public programming
  • Managed the Gallery's art collection, including acquisitions, conservation, and rehousing
  • Managed two full-time employees and four part-time student workers.

Curatorial Fellow

Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art
2011.09 - 2012.09
  • Researched and wrote text for a major photography exhibition and its associated catalogue
  • Collaborated with RISD and Brown faculty members to incorporate the Museum's collections into their curricula.

Research Assistant

Peabody Essex Museum
2010.05 - 2012.05
  • Worked with the Curator of Photography to research the Museum's collections
  • Catalogued the Museum's collections of ethnographic and anthropological photographs.

Education

PhD - History of Art and Architecture

Brown University
Providence, RI
05.2015

MA - Art History

University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ
05.2009

Graduate Diploma - History of Art

Courtauld Institute of Art
London, UK
05.2006

BA - Classical Studies

University of Chicago
Chicago, IL
05.2004

Skills

  • Expertise in the history of photography and contemporary art
  • Public engagement
  • Interpretation and storytelling
  • Multitasking
  • Artistic and community collaborations
  • Grant writing
  • Written and oral communication
  • Archival and community-based research
  • Cultural Sensitivity

Select Exhibition History

Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY

  • Stories of Syria's Textiles: Art and Heritage across Two Millennia, presenting curator, 2023
  • Wu Chi-Tsung: Synchronicity, presenting curator, 2023
  • Miniature Worlds: Joseph Cornell, Ray Johnson, Yayoi Kusama, curator, 2023
  • John O'Reilly: Studio Visitations, curator, 2023
  • Tenacity and Resilience: The Art of Jerry Pinkney, presenting curator, 2022
  • Tradition Interrupted, presenting curator, 2022
  • Remy Jungerman: Higher Ground, curator, 2022
  • Constant Carnival: The Haas Brothers in Context, curator, 2022
  • ARRIVALS, presenting curator, 2021
  • Still/Live, curator, 2021
  • Bisa Butler: Portraits, presenting curator, 2020
  • Hands & Earth: Perspectives on Japanese Contemporary Ceramics, presenting curator, 2020
  • The Rothko Room, curator, 2020-2023

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT

  • Be Seen: Portrait Photography Since Stonewall, co-curator, 2019

Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic, CT

  • Mom & Dad, curator, 2018
  • Guerrero & Wright: Architecture Stories, curator, 2017

RISD Museum of Art, Providence, RI

  • America in View: Landscape Photography 1865 to Now, curatorial assistant, 2012

Timeline

Associate Curator of Exhibitions and Programs

Katonah Museum of Art
2021.01 - 2023.11

Assistant Curator of Exhibitions and Programs

Katonah Museum of Art
2020.01 - 2021.01

Marsted Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow for Contemporary Art

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
2018.11 - 2020.01

Gallery Director

Eastern Connecticut State University
2016.10 - 2018.10

Curatorial Fellow

Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art
2011.09 - 2012.09

Research Assistant

Peabody Essex Museum
2010.05 - 2012.05

PhD - History of Art and Architecture

Brown University

MA - Art History

University of Arizona

Graduate Diploma - History of Art

Courtauld Institute of Art

BA - Classical Studies

University of Chicago
Emily Handlin, PhD