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Marilyn JS Goodman, Ed.D., is an internationally recognized arts and museum educator. Prior to becoming a full-time consultant and writer in 2001, she was appointed as the first director of education for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, where she created the education departments in both New York and at the Museo Guggenheim Bilbao in Spain, developing a comprehensive range of didactic programs and materials on modern and contemporary art. A longstanding member of the International Association of Art Critics, she has lectured widely and published numerous articles and award-winning guides in the United States and abroad, including two books on looking at art for young audiences. Goodman holds a doctorate from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and has taught at various institutions including City College of the City University of New York, Moore College of Art & Design, the Boston Architectural Center, and Clark University, where she also directed the Clark University School at the Worcester Art Museum. Formerly, she was director of the Philadelphia Art Alliance and the Children’s Museum of Cincinnati. Goodman also served as lead content advisor for Artopia, an animated art-themed television series for children developed by THIRTEEN.
Tom L. Freudenheim has served as director of several museums, including the Baltimore Museum of Art, Worcester Art Museum, and London’s Gilbert Collection. As Assistant Secretary for Museums at the Smithsonian Institutions, he had oversight responsibility for all the national museums. An art historian with degrees from Harvard College and New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts, he also was director of the Museum Program at the National Endowment for the Arts. Currently he serves as president of the American Federation of Arts and writes regularly for the Wall Street Journal, Curator: The Museum Journal, and other publications.
Harriet F. Senie, Ph.D., is director of museum studies and professor of art history at City College and the CUNY Graduate Center. Previously she was associate director of the Art Museum, Princeton University, and director of the Amelie Wallace Gallery at SUNY, Old Westbury. In addition to being co-editor of Critical Issues in Public Art, she is the author of The ‘Tilted Arc’ Controversy: Dangerous Precedent?, Contemporary Public Sculpture: Tradition, Transformation and Controversy and numerous articles and essays on sculpture and public art. Her current book project is American Memorials to Shattered Myths: Vietnam to 9/11. She is the co-founder and co-director of Public Art Dialogue (PAD), a cross-disciplinary organization focused on the critical study of public art (publicartdialogue.org) and the co-editor of its upcoming journal to be published in paper and e-versions starting in 2011. She earned a Ph.D. in art history from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, an M.A. in art history from Hunter College, and a B.A. in English and American literature from Brandeis University.
Isolde Brielmaier, Ph.D., is a New York-based curator and writer as well as visiting assistant professor of art at Vassar College and guest professor at Barnard College/Columbia University and New York University. She holds a Ph.D. in art history and cultural studies from Columbia University. Brielmaier is the author of Zwelethu Mthethwa and Wangechi Mutu: A Shady Promise, in addition to other publications, and has curated several exhibitions, including “Signs Taken for Wonders,” “Shinique Smith: Torchsongs,” “Titus Kaphar: Painting Undone,” and “INGRIDMWANGIROBERTHUTTER, Select Videos, 2006-07.” She has also developed contemporary art programs and special events for ARCO Contemporary Art Fair in Madrid, Art Chicago, and The New York Armory/Volta. Brielmaier is the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships from institutions including the Ford Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and the Social Science Research Council. She has been profiled and noted in the New York Times, UPTOWN Magazine, VIBE Magazine, FREE, Upscale, The Roof TV, Miami, and NPR-WPS1 Radio in New York.
Lowry Burgess is professor of art, former dean of the College of Fine Arts, and distinguished fellow in the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University. He has served on the National Humanities Faculty and has been a fellow, senior consultant, and advisor at the Center for Advanced Visual Studies at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts. During his long career as an educator in the arts, Burgess has founded and administrated numerous departments, institutions, and programs, including “First Night,” an international New Year’s arts festival, and the Department of Transportation’s “Arts in the Subways.” After the destruction of the Buddhas in Bamiyan, Afghanistan, in 2001, he authored the “Toronto Manifesto, The Right to Human Memory,” which received worldwide endorsement. He has been honored with awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the National Institute of Arts and Letters, the Guggenheim Foundation, and other organizations. Considered a pioneer of the Space Art movement, Burgess has art in the collections of museums and archives in the U.S. and Europe and has exhibited his work internationally. Burgess was educated at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, University of Pennsylvania, and the Instituto Allende in San Miguel, Mexico.
Jay Levenson, J.D., is the director of the International Program at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Levenson served as guest curator of “Encompassing the Globe: Portugal and the World in the 16th and 17th centuries,” an exhibition at the Smithsonian's Sackler Gallery in collaboration with the National Museum of African Art. Prior to joining MOMA, Levenson was deputy director for program administration at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, where he coordinated shows including “Africa: The Art of a Continent” and “China: 5000 Years.” Prior to working at the Guggenheim, Levenson served as managing curator of “Rings: Five Passions in World Art,” an exhibition at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta that ran in conjunction with the 1996 Summer Olympics. At the National Gallery of Art, Levenson was managing curator of “Circa 1492: Art in the Age of Exploration,” as well as “The Age of the Baroque in Portugal,” “Giambologna's Cesarini Venus” and “Dürer in America: His Graphic Work.”
Judith E. Stein, Ph.D., is an independent curator and writer. At the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, she organized the national touring exhibitions: “Red Grooms: A Retrospective,” “The Figurative Fifties: New York School Figurative Expressionism,” and “I Tell My Heart: The Art of Horace Pippin,” which traveled to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. For New York’s New Museum, she co-curated “Picturing the Modern Amazon.” A recipient of a Pew Fellowship in the Arts for her writings on art, in 2008 she received a major award from the Warhol Foundation/Creative Capital Arts Writers Grant initiative for her biography-in-progress on art dealer Richard Bellamy, the “eye of the sixties.” A long-time contributor to ''Art in America'', she was Terry Gross’s arts reviewer for NPR’s ''Fresh Air'' in its early years.
Ann Yonemura is senior associate curator of Japanese art at the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. Her exhibitions include “The Tale of Shuten Dōji” (2009), “Hokusai” (2006), “Faith and Form: Selected Japanese Painting from the Japanese Religious Traditions” (2003), “Masterful Illusions: Japanese Prints in the Anne van Biema Collection” (2002), and she was editor and contributing author for the catalogues for Twelve Centuries of Japanese Art from the Imperial Collections and Ancient Japan, all at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. She has also organized numerous thematic exhibitions from the permanent collections of the Freer Gallery of Art and has published research on Japanese paintings, calligraphy, and lacquer. She has served on the Editorial Committee of the journal Ars Orientalis. She was a recipient of an invitational grant from the Agency for Cultural Affairs of the government of Japan to conduct research at the Nara National Museum. Yonemura is currently engaged in a multi-disciplinary research and cataloguing project on over 2,000 volumes of Japanese illustrated books in the Gerhard Pulverer Collection, recently acquired by the Freer Gallery of Art. Plans for an online, fully illustrated catalogue, are in progress under a grant from the Getty Foundation.