Institute alumni Elise Effmann Clifford, Esther Bell, and C.D. Dickerson at the opening of The Brothers Le Nain: Painters of Seventeenth-Century France at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco on October 8th, 2016.

Alumni Achievements

The Institute of Fine Arts has a robust community of over 2,000 alumni, living in 43 different countries. Institute alumni hold positions in major museums, auction houses, galleries, publishing houses and universities in New York City and beyond. We are proud to share some recent appointments and awards earned by our alumni.

A more comprehensive list of alumni can be found in this interactive and searchable map. We would be pleased to add your recent accomplishment to that list. Please email us at ifa.alumni@nyu.edu and let us know what you are up to!


Esther Bell
Esther Bell
, PhD 2011, named Senior Curator of the Clark Art Institute. Artdaily

Peter Bell
Peter Jonathan Bell
, PhD 2017, named Associate Curator of European Paintings, Sculpture and Drawings at the Cincinnati Art Museum. Artdaily

Sarah Cartwright
The Ringling Museum of Art appoints Sarah Cartwright, PhD 2000, Curator of Collections. Artforum

Jennifer Chi
Jennifer Y. Chi
, PhD 2002, appointed Deputy Director and Chief Curator at the Brooklyn Museum. Artnews

Kim Conaty
, PhD 2015, will be joining the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York's curatorial department as the new Steven and Ann Ames Curator of Drawings and Prints. Artforum

Alison Gass
, MA 2004, a leading curator of contemporary art and a senior leader at university museums, has been appointed the director of the University of Chicago’s Smart Museum of Art. ArNews

Danielle Johnson
, PhD 2012, named Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Vero Beach Museum of Art. Artdaily


Marci Kwon, PhD 2017, awarded the Zuckerman Prize in American Studies by the McNeil Center for Early American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania for best dissertation in the field.

Aysin Yoltar-Yildirim
, PhD 2002, named associate curator of Islamic art at the Brooklyn Museum. Artforum



Denise Birkhofer
, PhD 2013, named Collections Curator and Research Centre Manager at the Ryerson Image Centre. Ryersonian

Kenji Kajiya
, PhD 2014, named Associate Professor, Department of
Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies, The University of Tokyo.

Yulin Lee
, PhD 2012, named Director of the Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts in Taiwan . E-Flux

Nicole Myers, PhD 2015, named Lillian and James H. Clark Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the Dallas Museum of Art. Myers will be joining the DMA from the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri, where she has held the position of associate curator of European painting and sculpture since 2011. Art News


Tricia Paik, PhD 2009, appointed the next Florence Finch Abbott Director of the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum.

Eve Straussman-Pflanzer, PhD 2010, appointed Head of the European Art Department and Elizabeth and Allan Shelden Curator of European Paintings at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Art Daily

Marcelle Polednik
, PhD 2009, named Director of the Milwaukee Art Museum.
Art News



Kim Conaty
, PhD 2015, named curator at The Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, where she will be responsible for exhibitions, research, and assessing possible acquisitions. Boston Globe

Jacquelyn N. Coutré
, PhD 2011, has arrived at Queen’s University in Kingston as the Agnes Etherington Art Centre´s new Bader Curator and Researcher of European Art. CODART

C.D. Dickerson
, PhD 2006, has been named curator and head of sculpture and decorative arts at the National Gallery of Art. Washington Post

Jennifer Sudul Edwards
, PhD 2014, is the new curator at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. Charlotte Observer

Rebecca Long,
PhD candidate, named the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Associate Curator in the Department of Medieval to Modern European Painting and Sculpture, the Art Institute of Chicago. Art Daily

Charles S. Moffett, PhD 1971, received Icon Award from the Bruce Museum. Greenwich Daily Voice


Sarah Montross
, PhD 2012, has been named associate curator at the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts. Artforum

Maura Reilly
, PhD 2000, Maura Reilly appointed Chief Curator at the National Academy Museum. Artforum


Allison Unruh
, PhD 2008, a specialist in modern and contemporary art, has been appointed associate curator of the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at Washington University in St. Louis. Washington University


Sasha Suda, PhD 2016, named Curator & R. Fraser Elliott Chair, Prints & Drawings Council of the Art Gallery of Ontario


Joseph S. Ackley, PhD 2014, appointed Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in the Department of Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University.

Jennifer Babcock, PhD 2014, appointed Curatorial Postdoctoral Associate, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, NYU.

Zainab Bahrani, PhD 1989, awarded a President's Global Initiative Grant to begin her field project Mapping Mesopotamian Monuments.

Esther Bell
, PhD 2011, named Curator in Charge, European Paintings,
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. ARTnews

Michael Brown
, PhD 2011, appointed Associate Curator of European Art,
San Diego Museum of Art. Artinfo

Miriam Basilio, PhD 2002, appointed Associate Professor of Art History and Museum Studies, NYU.

Denise Lynn Birkhofer, PhD 2013, named Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College.

Sheila Dillon, PhD 1994, named Chairperson, Department of Art, Art History and Visual Studies, Duke University.

Ana M. Franco, PhD 2012, appointed Assistant Professor, Universidad de los Andes.

Aimée E. Froom, PhD 2001, appointed curator of Islamic art at the Museum of Fine Arts,  Houston. ArtDaily

Kathryn Gunsch
, PhD 2012, appointed Teel Curator of African and Oceanic Art,The Baltimore Museum of Art. ArtDaily

Maile Hutterer, PhD 2011, appointed Assistant Professor, University of Oregon.

Mary Levkoff, MA 1978, appointed Museum Director of the Hearst Castle in San Simeon, CA.

Mark Loiacano, MA 2005, current PhD candidate, named Director of Lisa Cooley Gallery in NYC.

Sarah Madole, PhD 2012, hired as Adjunct Professor, Marymount Manhattan College.

Kellie Morgan
, MA 2010, named Community Outreach and Marketing Manager for the Wexner Center for the Arts.

Erika Nelsen, MA 2012, hired as Grants Manager for the Seattle Art Museum.

Adele Nelson, PhD 2012, Professsor of Art History at the Tyler School of Art, was awarded Fulbright Scholarship for 2014-2015.

Lelia Packer, PhD 2012, appointed McCrindle Curatorial Assistant, The National Gallery in London.

Tricia Paik
, PhD 2009, appointed Curator of Contemporary Art,
Indianapolis Museum of Art. GalleristNY

Karin Ann Sanders, MA 2013, named Collection Director of the Paul Ickovic Foundation.

Ileana Selejan, PhD 2014, named Linda Wyatt Gruber ’66 Curatorial Fellow in Photography at the Davis Museum at Wellesley College.

Stephanie Stebich, MA 1998, Director of theTacoma Art Museum, was named Non-Profit Business Leader of the Year, awarded by the Milgard School of Business.

Angus Trumble
, MA 1998, named Director of Australia's National Portrait Gallery.

Jeffrey Uslip
, PhD Candidate, named Chief Curator,
Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. Art in America

Julianna White, MA 2013, appointed Editorial Assistant, Publications and Editorial Services at Yale University Art Gallery.


Andaleeb Badiee Banta
, PhD 2007, appointed Curator, European & American Art, Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin College. ArtDaily

Caroline Baumann
, MA 1990, named Director, Cooper-Hewitt Museum. GalleristNY

Laurel Diane Bestock, PhD 2007, named Vartan Gregorian Assistant Professor, Brown University.

Cathleen Chaffee
, PhD 2013, named Curator of Contemporary Art, Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Art in America

Tia Chapman
, MA 1993, appointed Deputy Director for External Affairs, The Frick Collection. ArtDaily

Maura Coughlin; PhD 2001, named Associate Professor of Visual Studies, Bryant University.

Jason Dubs, PhD 2013, hired as Museum Research Consortium Project Manager at The Museum of Modern Art.

Sarah Humphreville, MA 2013, appointed Curatorial Assistant, Whitney Museum of American Art

Lauren Jacobi, PhD 2012, appointed Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Ronda J. Kasl, PhD 2012, appointed Curator of Colonial Latin American Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Abby Kornfeld, PhD 2013, appointed Assistant Professor of Art History, City College of New York.

Areli Marina, PhD 2004, received tenure at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Nick Marmor, MA 2013, hired as Development Associate, Foundation Relations Office, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Kathryn Blair Moore, PhD 2011, appointed Assistant Professor of Art History, University of Hong Kong.

Merribell M. Parsons, MA 1967, named Curator of European Art, San Antonio Museum of Art.

Stuart W. Pyhrr, MA 1973, named Distinguished Research Curator, Department of Arms and Armor, Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Marika Sardar, PhD 2007, appointed Associate Curator, Southern Asian and Islamic Art, San Diego Museum of Art

Sarah Schroth, PhD 1990, appointed Director, Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University.


Richard P. Townsend
, MA 1989, named Director, Museum of Biblical Art. GalleristNY

Shellie Winkler, MA 1984, named Chief Strategy Officer, MSLGROUP North America


Serena Urry
; Certificate in Conservation, 1989; appointed Chief Conservator
Cincinnati Art Museum. ArtDaily
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