TThe Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University announced a partnership with the Pérez Art Museum Miami as part of the ASU-LACMA Masters Fellowship in History of ‘art.
The inaugural Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) Fellow, Emily Valdes, joins what is now the third cohort of individuals in the program, along with five new Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) Fellows. The 2021 ASU-LACMA + PAMM fellows are:
• Jayne Manuel, who received his BA in Art History, Theory and Criticism with Honors from the University of California, San Diego in 2015. Manuel joined the LACMA Enrollment Department in September 2015 and is currently the Enrollment Administrator for the program very active outgoing loans. Through an interdisciplinary approach to transnational art history-ethnic-feminist studies, Manuel seeks to elevate Filipino artists / a / x and diaspora stories into the institutional canon. She intends to focus on Filipino art collectives of the 1980s and contemporary Filipino / a / x artists based in the United States, studying their representations of intergenerational trauma and their understanding of the transmission of collective memory. .
• Stéphanie Rouinfar, who received her BFA in Art History in 2015 from Savannah College of Art and Design. She joined LACMA in August 2015 as a social media intern within the communication department. In March 2016, she joined the Middle Eastern Art department as curatorial administrator. She has participated in six exhibitions, including the recent exhibition “In the Fields of Empty Days: The Intersection of Past and Present in Iranian Art”. As a member of the ASU-LACMA program, Rouinfar plans to further study contemporary art from the Middle East, focusing on work related to gender and feminism.
• Mariama Salia, originally from Seattle and with a BA in History and Film Studies from the University of Washington in 2014. After working in the Seattle art scene, she moved to Los Angeles in 2018 to find more diverse creative spaces that allowed it to expand. She started working for the Balch Research Library in 2019 as an Acquisitions Assistant, purchasing and borrowing books for upcoming exhibitions, including special research projects. Her Ghanaian-Romanian background fuels her interest in making art representative and accessible, and she plans to develop an interactive project to engage with and represent other queer artists of color. Salia intends to use the vast resources of the library and museum to trace and reassess the historical boundaries faced by marginalized artists who bridge the cultural divide.
• Jennifer Snow, who is responsible for corporate partnerships at LACMA. Since joining the museum’s development department in 2015, she has played a critical role in the Corporate Partnerships team supporting LACMA’s relationships with key corporate partners including Hyundai Motor Company, Gucci , Snap Inc., Audi, The Walt Disney Company, SpaceX and more. During her time at LACMA, she launched and successfully managed special institutional projects such as LACMA’s first Kickstarter campaign in 2017; bringing the world’s smallest contemporary art museum, NuMu, across three borders to Los Angeles; and, most recently, LACMA × Snapchat: Monumental Perspectives, a multi-year initiative that uses augmented reality to explore monuments and murals, representation and history. Snow received her BA in Art History and Communication in 2012 from the University of California, San Diego, and in 2014, she received her MA in Humanities from the University of Chicago. She is excited to resume her studies at Arizona State University, researching the convergence of art and technology and the role of museums within this intersection.
• Deliasofia Zacarias, who is the associate researcher based in the office of the director of LACMA × Snapchat: Monumental Perspectives, an initiative that explores monuments, history and representation in public space using augmented reality. In addition to the various special projects of the director’s office, Zacarias directly supports the collaboration between the curatorial team, artists and technologists to realize the augmented reality lenses as part of Monumental Perspectives. Zacarias joined the museum in August 2019 as a LACMA Emerging Arts Professionals Fellow, as part of the Diversifying Art Museum Leadership Initiative supported by the Walton Family Foundation and the Ford Foundation. Zacarias also sits on the Board of Directors of the Arts Administrators of Color Network. At Arizona State University, Zacarias intends to research the intersection of contemporary art, feminist theory, and landscape architecture, and use the rich collection of LACMA and ASU. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art and Business Administration from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, where she received the Mach Fellowship and received an Award for Excellence in Art.
• Valdès, who received a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from the University of Miami in 2015. Since then she has held various positions at the Wolfsonian FIU, Margulies Collection at the Warehouse and Lowe Art Museum. Today, she works collaboratively with curators, artists and preparers as Deputy Registrar at PAMM. There, Valdes plays an active role in running a robust exhibition program, as well as in day-to-day collection management efforts. As a first generation Cuban American, Valdes is particularly interested in Latin female artists who have not received the same recognition as their male contemporaries or Latin female artists whose practices are deeply rooted in intersectional feminism. Although her conception is still nascent, she is eager to produce a fruitful body of research important for the advancement of Latina representation in museums and the recognition of their unique contributions to the canon of art history.
The ASU-LACMA Masters Scholarship was founded in 2018 as a partnership between ASU and LACMA with the goal of culturally diversifying the leadership of art museums in the United States. The three-year degree program combines rigorous academic training with on-the-job experience to develop a new generation of curators, directors and other museum professionals, with the aim of investing in the existing talent pool and accelerating careers. of individuals already working on museum staff. Fellows earn their Masters in Art History from the ASU School of Art’s Distinguished Art History Program at the Herberger Institute, while also working at LACMA, ASU Art Museum or, starting this fall , at PAMM.
“We are honored to join our esteemed colleagues at LACMA and ASU,” said Franklin Sirmans, Director of PAMM. “Having seen this program come to life while working at LACMA, and then watching the first cohort rise through the ranks of their institutions, we are delighted to be a part of this important academic endeavor and that Pérez Art Museum Miami is represented by our first comrade, Emily Valdes.
“This transformative program is another step in the process of preparing museums for the new American future, with the diverse and innovative leadership needed to make museums vibrant and alive, and an integral part of everyone’s lives.”
Michael Govan, CEO of LACMA, and Wallis Annenberg, Director, noted that earlier this summer ASU and LACMA celebrated the graduation of the first LACMA-ASU Masters Fellows.
“Our graduates already draw on their university education to organize exhibitions, further their research and inform their museum work,” said Govan. “Our collaboration with ASU has been deep and fruitful, and we are delighted to extend our shared commitment to advancing the careers of a new generation of museum leaders by partnering with other institutions across the country. “
The first cohort of fellows, who graduated in May 2021, included Dhyandra Lawson, assistant curator in the Wallis Annenberg Department of Photography at LACMA; Celia Yang, Head of Major Gifts and Head of Strategic Initiatives for the Asia Director at LACMA; Matthew Villar Miranda, curator at ASU Art Museum, now curator at visual arts at Walker Art Center; and Ariana Enriquez, deputy registrar at the ASU Art Museum.
Lawson and Yang were both recently promoted, reflecting the scholarship and skills each have been able to bring to their jobs through their involvement in the scholarship program. Enriquez said in a recent interview with ARTnews that the scholarship program has helped her realize “ways in which I can make transformative change within my department”.
“We are grateful for the many contributions the scholars have made to our courses and our academic lives,” said Angélica Afanador-Pujol, Director of the ASU-LACMA Masters Scholarship Program. “We are proud to continue to support them in their museum careers, and we welcome the addition of PAMM to the program. “