Jeff Katzin is a doctoral candidate at the University of Pennsylvania. From Cleveland, Ohio, he specializes in modern and contemporary art of the United States. He received a double BA in art history and government from Wesleyan University, where he wrote his senior honors essay on Barnett Newman’s Stations of the Cross series. He then earned an MA in art history from the University of Texas at Austin, where his master’s thesis covered Adolph Gottlieb’s career in painting. He has also obtained a certificate in Art Museum Studies from Smith College and completed internships at the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Blanton Museum of Art, and the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve. He is particularly interested in abstract art and its capacities to convey political, philosophical, and personal meaning. Jeff’s research also ranges into photography, film, video, and video games. He is currently conducting research towards his dissertation on the history and potential of abstract photography. Jeff curated Sources of the Self at AUTOMAT in 2017, co-curated Double Vision at FJORD in 2018 with Olivia Dudnik, and will co-curate the Incubation Series' fall 2018 show at High Tide with Emily Leifer.
Isabelle Lynch is a doctoral student in Art History at the University of Pennsylvania where she is specializing in contemporary art. She studied Art History at McGill University in Montreal (MA in Art History) and at the University of Ottawa (BA in Philosophy and History and Theory of Art). Previously, she worked as a curatorial assistant at Vancouver’s The Polygon Gallery and at the Art Museum at the University of Toronto. She has also worked as an educator at McGill University, the National Gallery of Canada, and the Icelandic Art Center. Recently, she co-curated (with Sophie Lynch) the exhibition Blood, Sweat, Tears at the Art Gallery of Guelph and was the recipient of the the 2016 Middlebrook Prize for Young Canadian Curators. She co-curated Loose Ends in fall 2017 with Jessica Hough.
Ginny Duncan is an MA student in the History of Art department at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research focus is in American art from the first half of the 20th century. She previously worked as a Production Associate in the Digital Media department at the Whitney Museum of American Art. She was also a curatorial intern at the Whitney for the exhibition Grant Wood: American Gothic and Other Fables. She received her BA in Art History from Vassar College, and wrote her senior honors thesis on Thomas Hart Benton and his America Today mural.
Laurel McLaughlin is a doctoral student in the History of Art at Bryn Mawr College working with Homay King. She earned a BA in Art History and English from Wake Forest University (2013), an MA with Distinction from The Courtauld Institute of Art (2015), and an MA from Bryn Mawr College (2017). Her research focuses on contemporary performance that engages theories of identity, embodiment, and feminism. She is currently a Curatorial Assistant at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts working on the upcoming retrospective, Rina Banerjee: Make Me a Summary of the World, and the Ridgway Curatorial Fellow at Bryn Mawr College for Tania El Khoury’s current exhibition Camp Pause. She recently co-curated the exhibitions Infinite Spaces: Rediscovering PAFA’s Permanent Collection and SWARM. (featuring the work of Didier William and Nestor Armando Gil/ Taller Workshop) at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. For the Incubation Series, Laurel has co-curated Flooding with Tamir Williams at AUTOMAT Gallery, passages with Francesca Ferrari at FJORD Gallery, and the performance event, Playing the Rules, with Jessica Hough at Vox Populi.
Ramey Mize is a doctoral candidate in Art History at the University of Pennsylvania. From Atlanta, Georgia, she holds a BA in Art History from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and her MA from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. The majority of her research and publications to date examine the intersection of nineteenth-century art, gender, and material culture in Europe and the United States. Previously, she worked as the Anne Lunder Leland Curatorial Fellow at the Colby College Museum of Art in Waterville, Maine, where she curated the exhibition Lois Dodd: Cultivating Vision (2014) and contributed essays to the catalogues Whistler and the World: The Lunder Collection of James McNeill Whistler at the Colby College Museum of Art (2015) and A Usable Past: American Folk Art at the Colby College Museum of Art (2016). She also spearheaded a number of diverse campus and community outreach schemes, including the formation of a Student Advisory Board to the Colby Museum as well as "Young Curators," the first-ever teen program in the history of the institution. Most recently, she co-curated the exhibition Expanding the Audience for Art in the Nineteenth Century at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania’s Arthur Ross Gallery. Together with Naoko Adachi, she curated Traversals at New Boon(e) in 2016.
Tausif Noor is the Spiegel-Wilks Curatorial Fellow at ICA. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College, where he studied art history, and Goldsmiths, University of London, where he received his MA in Art and Politics. From 2014-15, he was a Fulbright Scholar in India, where he worked with organizations such as the Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art and assisted at the 2014 Kochi-Muziris Biennale. Noor previously held internships at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Imperial War Museum in London, and the UK-based not-for-profit agency Culture+Conflict. He is a contributing editor at Momus, and his writing has appeared in Art Asia Pacific, Frieze, and Artforum.com among other publications.
Lauren Downing is the Curatorial Assistant at ICA, where she has worked since 2014. She is also a co-owner of Ulises, a local bookshop and curatorial platform focused on artists’ books and independent art publications. While attending The Pennsylvania State University, she triple-majored in Art History, Finance, and French, with a minor in International Business, and is now earning her M.A. in the History of Art at The University of Pennsylvania. Before moving to Philadelphia, she was the Assistant Director of Ion, a contemporary art and design gallery.
Tyler Shine is a doctoral student in Art History at the University of Pennsylvania where he specializes in modern/contemporary art with a focus on the history of photography. He studied Art History at the University of Pittsburgh (BA) and the University of Maryland, College Park (MA). Before coming to Penn, he was the Constance E. Clayton Fellow in the Department of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Previously, he worked at The Phillips Collection, the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, and the Carnegie Museum of Art.
Tamir Williams is a doctoral student in History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania. She holds a BA in American Studies and French from Middlebury College. Previously, she has held fellowships and internships at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, The Library Company of Philadelphia, and Gallery 400 at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Her research interests focus on the intersections of the body, race, gender, sexuality, and disability studies in contemporary art.
Emily Leifer is a doctoral student in the History of Art at Bryn Mawr College. She earned a BA in the History of Art from Brandeis University and an MA in the History of Art from Williams College. Her research at Bryn Mawr focuses on installation art of the 1960s and 1970s and its intersections with ecology and environmentalism. She has previously worked as a Curatorial Associate at the AC Institute and has held internships at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum of Art, David Zwirner Gallery, e-flux, and The Judd Foundation.