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Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago Makes Five Curatorial Appointments

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS—The Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago has announced five appointments to its curatorial staff. University professors Wu Hung and Christine Mehring will serve as adjunct curators, advising museum programs and acquisitions and organizing exhibitions. Laura Steward, the university’s curator of public art, will move to the Smart. Issa Lampe, director of the Feitler Center for Academic Inquiry at the museum, will now also serve as deputy director for academic and curatorial affairs. Leslie Wilson will be the first curatorial fellow for diversity, a two-year fellowship intended to expand access to art professions to underrepresented communities.

“The Smart Museum is committed to writing the future of university art museums and the role they play in our communities,” said Alison Gass, the Dana Feitler Director of the Smart Museum. “These exciting appointments bolster our ability to tap into the great scholarly strengths of the University of Chicago, shape ambitious public programs that extend beyond the walls of the museum, and foster projects that have the potential to shape the future of our field. I’m thrilled that Wu Hung, Christine, Leslie, Laura, and Issa will add their unique perspectives and experiences to our curatorial team.”

Wilson’s curatorial fellowship begins January 3, 2019; all other appointments are effective immediately.

December 12, 2018