Birmingham Museum of Art Senior Curator Dr. Emily G. Hanna has been accepted into The Center for Curatorial Leadership (CCL) class of 2017, as the organization celebrates one decade of training prepared and inspired museum leaders. The 2017 class includes 12 esteemed curators from across North America and signals the participation of more than 100 Fellows in the CCL core program over the past 10 years. A committee of museum directors and CCL alumni selected the participants from the most competitive and diverse applicant pool to date. The incoming class is comprised of pioneering curators whose professional backgrounds and curatorial vision demonstrate a commitment to collaboration, inclusivity, and scholarly excellence. The program begins on January 8, 2017 in New York City and continues through May with a range of training modules, leadership exercises, and organizational initiatives.
Since 2008, CCL has prepared an active network of alumni to assume greater leadership responsibilities and effect change in their institutions, communities, and beyond. This year, Fellows join the program from a variety of museum types and sizes, ranging from historic private collections to university art museums, spaces devoted to modern and contemporary art to encyclopedic institutions. As a whole, the 2017 Fellows are unprecedented in their keen eye towards engaged and canon-breaking exhibition practices.
“I am so honored to have been accepted into this program, and can’t wait to get started in January,” Hanna said. “It’s an incredible opportunity for intensive leadership training, but also a chance to discuss the most important issues facing museums today. It’s a privilege to participate, and I look forward to sharing what I learn with my colleagues here at the BMA.”