Curatorial Studies

The Curatorial Studies Program is offered jointly by the Institute of Fine Arts and the Metropolitan Museum of Art . An integral part of the Institute since the 1950s, the program prepares students for curatorial careers in specialized fields by strengthening both their connoisseurship and research skills.

The offerings consist of two colloquia that explore different aspects of a curator's professional duties. One of these courses is offered every semester, although the sequence and frequency may vary. The program's third component is an individually arranged nine-month curatorial residency.

While Curatorial Studies courses are open to both MA and Ph.D students, only Ph.D students are eligible for the 9 month residency and the Curatorial Studies Certificate. Students in the Curatorial Studies courses receive hands on training in exhibition planning. Past exhibitions that have been featured in these courses are:  Man, Myth, and Sensual Pleasures: Jan Gossart's Renaissance ; The World of Khubilai Khan: Chinese Art in the Yuan Dynasty ; Venice and the Islamic World, 828–1797 ; and Prague, The Crown of Bohemia, 1347–1437 .

Curatorial Studies Alumni have held leadership positions at some of the world’s foremost art institutions, such as: The Art Institute of Chicago; The Frick Collection; J. Paul Getty Museum; Library of Congress; The Metropolitan Museum of Art; National Gallery, London; Philadelphia Museum of Art; and the Smithsonian Institution.

Joint Institute of Fine Arts–Metropolitan Museum Of Art Committee On Curatorial Studies

Carrie Rebora Barratt
Deputy Director, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Andrea Bayer
Jayne Wrightsman Curator, European Paintings Department, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Barbara Boehm
Director, Curatorial Studies Program; Paul and Jill Ruddock Curator, Department of Medieval Art and The Cloisters, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Colin Eisler
Robert Lehman Professor of Fine Arts, The Institute of Fine Arts

Michael Gallagher
Sherman Fairchild Conservator in Charge, Paintings Conservation, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Sean Hemingway
Curator, Greek and Roman Department, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Günter Kopcke
Avalon Foundation Professor Emeritus in the Humanities, The Institute of Fine Arts

Christine Poggi
Judy & Michael Steinhardt Director, The Institute of Fine Arts, Co-Chair, Joint Committee on Curatorial Studies

Patricia Rubin
Professor in the History of Art, The Institute of Fine Arts

Priscilla P. Soucek
John Langeloth Loeb Professor in the History of Art, The Institute of Fine Arts

Luke Syson
Chairman, European Sculpture and Decorative Arts, The Metropolitan Museum of Art