Staff Stories

Curator Janet Dees named 2023 Center for Curatorial Leadership Fellow

On November 17th, The Center for Curatorial Leadership (CCL) announced its 2023 cohort of Fellows, naming Janet Dees, The Block’s Steven and Lisa Munster Tananbaum Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, among the selective group. Now in its sixteenth year, the CCL Fellowship is the preeminent leadership program for curators, providing them the skills and […]

Read more
Northwestern Learning, Staff Stories

Meet 2022-2023 Intern: Elizabeth Vazquez

The Block Museum is proud to continue its paid internship program by welcoming two Undergraduate Interns for the FY22-23 year Elizabeth Vazquez and Vitoria Monteiro de Carvalho Faria. As part of the Block Museum of Art internship program, our students are conducting directed research on works of art in the permanent collection, assisting with curatorial research, and working […]

Read more
Northwestern Learning, Staff Stories

Meet Block Curatorial Fellow Ashleigh Deosaran

In September 2022 the Block Museum welcomed  Ashleigh Deosaran as a 2022-2023 graduate fellow.  Block Museum Graduate Fellowships are offered to two graduate students annually, one from Art History and one from any department within the Graduate School.  Fellows are integral members of the museum staff supporting projects through exhibition and collection research, curating, writing, […]

Read more
Exhibition Stories, On Equity and Action, Staff Stories

A Grounding in Place: Lois Taylor Biggs reflects on “Woven Being” curatorial research trip

The Block is currently forming the exhibition Woven Being: Indigenous Art in Chicagoland (working title) through Indigenous curatorial methodologies that prioritize collaboration, reciprocity, and sustained dialogue with an expanding, intergenerational community of Indigenous knowledge sharers and non-Indigenous allies.  The Block’s Lois Biggs, (Cherokee Nation and White Earth Ojibwe) Terra Foundation Curatorial Research Fellow, shares a personal account […]

Read more
Staff Stories

Meet Isabella Ko, Engagement Coordinator 

Early in 2022 The Block welcomed Isabella Ko (WCAS BA ’20) back to The Block as our Engagement Coordinator. We were thrilled to work with Isabella in a new professional capacity, after her contributions to the museum as an intern and a docent during her time as a Northwestern undergraduate. We sat down with her […]

Read more
Staff Stories

Erin Northington recognized with Student Affairs Campus Partner award

On July 14 the Block Museum’s Erin Northington, The Block’s Susan and Stephen Wilson Associate Director, Campus and Community Education and Engagement, was announced as a recipient of the 2022 Northwestern Student Affairs Campus Partner Award. Each year, Northwestern’s Student Affairs recognizes individual staff members, departments, or groups who have done outstanding work in the […]

Read more
Staff Stories

Block curators focus on converging Indigenous art in Tulsa partnership

The city of ‘Tvlv’hasse (“Old town”) / Tvlse-Locvpokv / Tvlse (also known as Tulsa) is located at the intersections of the Muscogee Nation, Cherokee Nation and Osage Nation reservations. Tvlse and the greater land base of Indian Territory have served as a place of convergence and gathering for Indigenous Nations since time immemorial. This location […]

Read more
Staff Stories

Block Fellow Receives Indigenous Art Writing Award

Lois Taylor Biggs, The Block Museum’s Terra Foundation Curatorial Research fellow, was recently chosen as the recipient of C Magazine and the Indigenous Curatorial Collective’s inaugural Indigenous Art Writing Award.  C Magazine, established in 1984, emphasizes the work of writers and artists from Black, Indigenous, diasporic, and other equity-seeking communities in a space committed to historically engaged, imaginative critical […]

Read more