Ogden Museum of Southern Art
William Pittman Andrews is the Director of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, Louisiana, whose mission is to broaden the knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of the visual arts and culture of the American South. His career in museums began over 20 years ago as a docent for a traveling exhibition from the Roger Houston Ogden Collection, which later from the nucleus of the Ogden Museum collection, and has since included curatorial and administrative work in galleries and university museum systems. During this time, Andrews’ scholarship has focused on Southern Self-Taught Art and the correlation between the development of visual arts and the traditions of Blues and Jazz, Southern literature, and culinary heritage.
Andrews is former Director of the University of Mississippi Museum in Oxford, MS, a large museum complex that includes writer William Faulkner’s historic home, Rowan Oak, and the surrounding pristine 30-acre wilderness sanctuary called Bailey’s Woods. There, Andrews established, with donor Mike Edmonds, the Hattie Mae Edmonds Fund for Southern Folk Art.
Andrews is a Mississippi native and Mississippi Arts Commission Fellow, who studied fine art, art history and educational psychology at Mississippi State University, earning both BFA and MFA degrees. He was Gallery Director and the founding Director of the Visual Arts Center at Mississippi State University, and served on Board of Directors of the Mississippi Historic Trust.
An artist, writer, educator and curator, Andrews widely exhibits his own work. Between 2005 and 2014 his work has been the subject of 18 exhibitions in Mississippi, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Boston, New York, Atlanta, and New Orleans. Andrews received Best in Show at the Greenville Invitationals and the Mississippi Art Faculty exhibition at the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art.
Andrews’ own work is process oriented and involves various materials in diverse disciplines of drawing, painting, sculpture, and installation to depict conditions of loss and gain as a testament to the constantly changing nature of life.
Director, Georgia Museum of Art
A native of Sprott, Ala., William Underwood Eiland is the director of the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia. He took a B.A. degree summa cum laude from Birmingham-Southern College and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Virginia.
Eiland has been the recipient of a Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship, a Danforth Teaching Fellowship at the University of Virginia, a research fellowship from the University of Georgia’s Willson Center for The Humanities and Arts, and a Museum Professionals Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. He has edited and contributed to more than 60 publications, including Art Papers, Georgia Journal, US Art, Ceramics Monthly, Southern Antiques and English Literature in Transition. Notably, Eiland authored The Truth in Things: The Life and Career of Lamar Dodd, published by the University of Georgia Press and Nashville’s Mother Church: The History of the Ryman Auditorium.
He has served on the boards of the American Association of Museums, the Southeastern Museums Conference and the Georgia Association of Museums and Galleries; was a trustee of the Association of Art Museum Directors; and was chairman of the Arts and Artifacts Indemnity Advisory Panel for the National Endowment for the Arts. He also served as the vice chairman of the board of the American Association of Museums in 2004 and 2005. Currently, he is vice-chair of the Accreditation Commission of the American Association of Museums and is a trustee of the International Council of Museums.
Among his many honors, Eiland most recently received the American Alliance of Museums Distinguished Service Award, in recognition of his contributions to the field on a national level. In 2010, Eiland was inducted into Sigma Pi Kappa, an international fraternity of historical preservationists, and received the Outstanding Alumnus Award from Birmingham-Southern College. He received the James Short Award from the Southeastern Museums Conference in 2008, for distinguished service in the museum profession, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Georgia Association of Museums and Galleries in 2007.
He is currently on the graduate faculty of the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia.
Leslie Rankow Fine Arts Ltd.
Leslie Rankow is the president and founder of Leslie Rankow Fine Arts, a New York based art advisory firm dedicated to the private collector of contemporary, modern and American art.
LRFA provides a comprehensive range of services to both nascent and seasoned collectors of Post-War and Contemporary Art as well as American art of the 19th Century and early 20th Century modernist period.
Leslie Rankow graduated from The Brearley School and Sarah Lawrence College and continued graduate art history studies first at Yale School of Art and Architecture and then at New York University. Her initial commercial venture was as the owner of a contemporary gallery in New York. After five successful years, Leslie moved to Europe and, as the first International Director of ARTnews, initiated and established a network of advertising and editorial representation for the magazine in many European cities producing solo magazine issues dedicated to individual European countries. She attended the Sotheby’s American Art program to gain expertise in 19th Century Hudson River School, American Impressionism and Modernism. Upon returning to New York, Leslie founded Leslie Rankow Fine Arts.
Crystal Bridges Museum of Art
Curator Chad Alligood joined Crystal Bridges in July, 2013, working with Crystal Bridges President Don Bacigalupi in curating State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now. Beyond State of the Art, Alligood’s ongoing work at Crystal Bridges focuses on the collection, presentation, and scholarship of modern and contemporary American art, with an emphasis on the postwar period. Alligood’s research and exhibitions have focused on American art since 1900, and his areas of particular interest include contemporary art, art of the 1960s and ‘70s, and art of the west coast.
Alligood is a Perry, Georgia native who earned his bachelor’s degree in History of Art and Architecture from Harvard University, his master’s degree in Art History from the University of Georgia, and has completed his PhD coursework at City University of New York (CUNY). After serving as adjunct professor of art history at Brooklyn College from 2010 to 2012, Alligood interned at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, where he provided research support for the development of large exhibitions of modern art in New York and abroad.
Alligood received the Kress Foundation Fellowship from Smith College Institute for Art Museum Studies, and came to Crystal Bridges from Cranbrook Art Museum where he was serving as the Jeanne and Ralph Graham Collections Fellow.
“My mother once told me ‘sometimes she felt like she didn’t have no life.’ That statement made with so much honesty, conviction, and passion yet free of even a hint of self-pity has throughout my career been one of the guiding principles of not only how I live my life, and relate to other people, but has also profoundly influenced the philosophy of my art In the early 1900 hundreds when she grew up, life was ‘the’ struggle. Survival was day-to-day and filled with the perils of discrimination, poverty, illiteracy and a host of other dangers inherited from a lifetime of being poor, black and under educated. She survived and passed her legacy of love, compassion, hope and a sense of ‘doing the right thing’ on to her children.”
Tyrone Geter, grew up in Anniston, Alabama, received his Masters of Fine Arts from Ohio University in 1976. Geter has lived and worked in Zaria, Nigeria. Upon returning to the states in 1987, he taught at the University of Akron and is currently Professor of drawing and painting at Benedict College and Director of the Henry Ponders Gallery at Benedict College.
Geter has exhibited nationally and internationally including African-American Masters in Boston, Museum of Fine Art, SC State Museum, Museum of Science and Industry, Taft Museum, Museum for the National Center for Afro-American Artists, The National Gallery of Modern Art, Federal Department of Culture, Lagos, Nigeria, The University of Akron Faculty Traveling China Exhibition, Xian Fine Art Institute. Shaanxi Province, Central China. Geter’s works can be found in private and public collections in the U.S. and abroad.
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Jay Heuman is an art museum educator and curator with over fifteen years professional experience. Currently, he works in Public Programs in the Department of Learning and Interpretation at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Heuman works collaboratively to organize over 120 public programs each year, including lectures and symposia, art-making workshops, book-related tours, concerts, poetry readings, wine tasting seminars, and more. Before resettling in Houston, Texas, he held positions as Curator of Education and Curator of Exhibitions at the Salt Lake Art Center (Salt Lake City, UT), now called Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, where he organized award-winning education programs and exhibitions. Additional positions have included Assistant Curator of Programs and Exhibitions at the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art at Utah State University (Logan, UT), and Visitor and Volunteer Services Coordinator at Joslyn Art Museum (Omaha, NE). He has juried exhibitions, published interviews with artists, essays and reviews, presented papers at conferences, and lectured at museums and universities. Heuman is a member of the American Association of Museums and the National Art Education Association, for which he served two 3-year terms on the editorial review board for the bi-monthly journal, Art Education. Born and raised in Toronto, ON, Canada, he completed a BA in Visual Arts and MA in Art History at York University, focused on American postwar abstraction, but has since broadened his range from antiquities to contemporary art. In January 2014, he participated in the prestigious Jekyll Island Management Institute, organized annually by the Southeastern Museums Conference, and has since pursued certification with the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced).
CC: Curating & Collections
Cecelia Stucker lives and works between New York, Los Angeles and Paris where she is Director of CC: Curating & Collections providing collection management to private collectors and curatorial consulting for galleries and foundations internationally. Recent endeavors include a curatorial residency at The African Artists Foundation in Lagos, Nigeria; Scripted Spaces at Martos Gallery LA; and Human Interface at Hus Galleries in London. Forthcoming projects include exhibitions at Martos Gallery LA and NY; Bischoff Projects in Frankfurt; Bugada Cargnel Gallerie in Paris; and an Art Loan and Curatorial Development program at Clemson and The University of South Carolina.