Thursday, July 27, 2017

Welcome, Shanice!

Hey everyone! My name is Shanice Bailey, and I'm the new Brown Post-Baccalaureate Curatorial Fellow. I'll be taking over for Colleen McDermott, and I'm joined by Charlotte Hecht and Abby Moon, the Post-Baccalaureate Fellows in Museum Marketing & Communications and Museum Registration.

As Colleen's successor, I'll be in charge of the Student Picks program and this blog. However, unlike previous fellows, my work won't be restricted to the Cunningham Center. SCMA is in a period of growth and transition, and like the Museum, this position is set to undergo some major changes. I'll be working across collections with all of the Museum's curators (including Emma Chubb, the inaugural Charlotte Feng Ford '83 Curator of Contemporary Art) in a larger capacity, and you'll see these developments reflected here on the blog. It's a very exciting time at the Museum, and I'll be using this platform to give our audience some insight into this process and the work of our post-bac cohort.

Lorna Simpson. American, 1961-. half learned from Details. 1996. photogravure with silkscreen text on Somerset 300 lb. paper. Purchased with the Elizabeth Halsey Dock, class of 1933, Fund and the Carol Ramsey Chandler Fund. SC 2012:6-18.

During my time at Smith, I majored in American Studies with a focus on visual culture and digital media. I received a Mellon-Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, which gave me the opportunity to conduct an independent research project on the work of black creatives during the AIDS Crisis. I'm most interested in modern and contemporary art, and in work by black and queer artists in particular. That being said, I look forward to integrating my interests into the content I develop for this blog and broadening my technical and art historical knowledge by working with SCMA's vast collection. As a first-generation citizen and college student, I'm passionate about issues of representation and accessibility within arts institutions, and I hope to use this platform to broaden the Museum's reach within the greater Smith and Five College community. One of my goals for the blog is to have a greater diversity of voices in order to make space for a variety of perspectives on the collection and provide more opportunities for student engagement. I'll be sharing an open call for submissions to Paper + People when the semester starts, so keep an eye on this page for updates!

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