About the Contributors 1

Learn more about our collaborators of our first issue.

Therese Quinn

The author and editor of several books, including Art and Social Justice Education: Culture as Commons (with Lisa Hochtritt and John Ploof) and Sexualities in Education: A Reader (with Erica R. Meiners), and articles in QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking, the Journal of Museum Education, the Abolitionist: A Publication of Critical Resistance, the Monthly Review, Curriculum Inquiry, and Workplace: A Journal for Academic Labor, Therese Quinn is an Associate Professor of Art History and Director of Museum and Exhibition Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and serves on the Executive Board of her faculty union.


Devin Malone


Devin Malone is a writer, student, and cultural laborer. When she’s not working toward her Master’s in Museum and Exhibition Studies at University of Illinois at Chicago, she can be found interning in both the curatorial and community engagement departments of UIC’s Gallery 400. You might also track her down working in special collections at UIC’s Richard J. Daley Library. Her interests include institutional critique, representation of marginalized peoples in cultural institutions, and long walks on the beach.


LaTanya S. Autry

My Art Museum Mission

LaTanya S. Autry is a Ph.D. candidate in the art history department at University of Delaware. While she completes her dissertation on lynching memorialization, she works as a curatorial fellow at Yale University Art Gallery. Her upcoming exhibition of civil rights photography by Lee Friedlander will be on view at Yale in early 2017 and then will tour across the U.S. Promoting diversity, inclusion, and cultural competency in art museums is central to her praxis.


Porchia Moore and nikhil trivedi

The Visitors of Color Project: Centering and Privileging People (in the Margins of Museums)

Started in Fall of 2015, Visitors of Color is a blog documenting the experiences of marginalized people with museums. It is envisioned as a space for museum folks to learn from the perspectives of marginalized people, as well as giving folks who may not feel safe or welcome in our institutions a little bit of agency in their relationships with museums.

An All But Dissertation Candidate (ABD) at the University of South Carolina in the School of Library and Information Science and the McKissick Museum Management Certificate Program. Porchia Moore is a critical race theorist and Cultural Heritage Informatics Leadership Librarian (CHIL) fellow researching racial inclusion in cultural heritage spaces; particularly museum spaces. She is a regular contributing writer for The Incluseum.

nikhil trivedi is an application developer at a museum in Chicago, where he builds software connected to collections, including internal workflow applications, in gallery interactives, public websites and infrastructure to share our data. He’s a regular contributor for The Incluseum where he writes about museums and oppression. Follow him on Twitter @nikhiltri, visit his personal website at nikhiltrivedi.com, and see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WicEkXGqv8Q


Ranald Woodaman

A Doodled Vision for a Latino Museum

Ranald Woodaman has served as the Smithsonian Latino Center’s Exhibitions and Public Programs Director since 2007. Currently, he manages the Latino DC History Project, Caribbean Indigenous Legacies Project, and the development of a permanent Latino gallery at the Smithsonian. Ranald is active in the leadership of the Latino Network of the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), and is a member of the AAM’s National Program Committee.


Stephanie Hernández

Querida Xicanita

Hernández is currently in her last year at Millikan High School in Long Beach, CA. For this past year and a half, she has been an Education Intern for the Museum of Latin American Art where she is now helping curate a community gallery that showcases the restorative powers of art. She has a passion for Xicana Feminism and rollerskating. On her free time, she enjoys creating zines that discuss public health as well as feature her art and writing reflective of her Queer Xicana Xingona Sxolar identity.


Evelyn Yeung

Exhibit Review – Stevie Hanley’s “Synaesthetica”

Evelyn Yeung is currently a Master’s student in the Museum and Exhibition Studies program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She received her bachelor’s degree in History and Sociology, with a minor in Women and Gender Studies, from Arizona State University. Her current research involves representation of marginalized populations in cultural institutions. During her spare time, she enjoys instagramming unsightly photos of her cat.


Melissa Romeo

The First Time I was Made into an Art Object

Melissa Romeo is an artist, researcher and educator based in Chicago. Her interest in museology, psychology and social art inform both her visual and written practice. Melissa is a University of Illinois at Chicago alumni and received the Art History Undergraduate Symposium Award and the John D McNee Art History Scholarship Fund Award upon graduation. She currently works in the Museum Education Department at the Art Institute of Chicago.


Nora Sternfeld

The Object Effect

Nora Sternfeld is is Professor for Curating and Mediating Art at the Aalto University in Helsinki and co-director of /ecm — Master Program in Exhibition Theory and Practice at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. She is co-founder of trafo. K, office for art education and critical knowledge production and part of freethought, platform for research, education, and production based in London. In this context she is one of the curators of the Bergen Assembly 2016.


Elizabeth Anh Thomson

Her Room as an Exhibit | Audio Description; Say What You See

Elizabeth (liz) Anh Thomson identifies herself as an educator, community organizer, and a documentary photographer, who loves exhibits. liz’s pieces are about audio description, for those who are blind/low vision, and the continued grief process they still feel after her parent’s death.
As a cisgender, bisexual, female who was adopted from Vietnam, liz appreciates her complex intersecting identities.


Elizabeth Lalley

Exhibit Review – Lonely Amid the Crowd: Laura Davis at Threewalls | Book Review – Anarchist’s Guide to Historic House Museums

Elizabeth Lalley grew up in Port Austin, Michigan, and graduated from the University of Michigan with concentrations in English Literature and Creative Writing. She is interested in contemporary art and visual culture, creative interventions within urban spaces, and the ways in which we live with and respond to the past.


April Lynne Earle

My First Digital Exhibit: Mr. Boller’s Scrapbook

April Lynne Earle is a librarian at Farmingdale State College. She received her Master of Library Science from St. John’s University where she is now pursuing a Master of Arts in Public History. The focus of her studies is on the creation, use, and accessibility of oral histories. She hopes her work helps people connect to the past in a more personal way through the stories of those who have gone before us.


Jacob Yeung

Face Value: Identity and Adaptation in Chicago’s Chinatown

Jacob Yeung is a documentary photographer located in Chicago (USA). His images and projects set out to vignette the breadth of day-to-day life through the intimacy of photography. Through visual storytelling, he hopes to encourage empathy, introspection, and curiosity for his subjects.


Dilyana Ivanova

The Virtual Museum of the Bulgarians in North America: Shared Heritage and Intercultural Communications

Dilyana Ivanova is a Research Associate at The Field Museum in Chicago and the Chief Administrator of the American Research Center in Bulgaria, Inc., and the American Research Center in Sofia Foundation. She earned her Ph.D. in Ethnology in 2012 at the Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Studies with Ethnographic Museum at the Bulgarian Academy of the Sciences. Ivanova works in the fields of historical anthropology and museology. She is the author and the research manager of the website “The Immigrant’s Suitcase: Virtual Museum of Bulgarians in North America.”


Javairia Shahid

My First Scathing Letter to the Editor

Javairia Shahid is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Illinois in Chicago, where her research focuses on curatorial, art and architectural practices in post-colonial North Pakistan, with particular emphasis on the Hunza region. She is also the co-founders of the Post-Colonial Studies Initiative at the Institute of Humanities, UIC. A forever ‘occupier’ of the periphery, through her practice she hopes to develop and implement frameworks that forever dislodge the center from our collective academic imaginary.   


Dr. Kiprop Lagat

Trauma Memory Healing: Exhibiting the August 7th 1998 Bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi

Kiprop Lagat, a former Assistant Director of the Nairobi National Museum, is the Principal Research Scientist in the Department of Cultural Heritage at the National Museums of Kenya. He holds a PhD in Anthropology from the University of East Anglia, and has research interests in heritage management, processes of memorialization and peace and conflict reconciliation. Dr. Lagat has published several papers and contributed book chapters on the arts and cultures of eastern Africa.


Emese R. Toth

Book Review – Artifacts and Allegiances: How Museums Put the Nation and the World on Display

Emese R. Toth is a graduate student in the Museum and Exhibition Studies Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is an alumna of Loyola University chicago with a B.S. in Secondary Education, B.A. in History, and a minor in Anthropology. Her research interests include museum education, participatory community engagement programs and visitor research and evaluation.


Gabriela S. Hernandez Martinez

Jotería Undocumented

Queer Mexican artist that creates a critical consciousness on the issues that impact her and her community while creating spaces where immigrant and LGBTQ voices could be highlighted and celebrated. Every piece of art—whether a mural, photograph, painting, or an illustration—has the purpose of sparking a critical consciousness towards variety of topics that include immigration, identity, and LGBTQ. Recently, she created Jotería: Undocumented, a project that represent the struggles faced by LGBTQ undocumented people.


Sarah Padilla

It Would Be My Honor to Work for Free

Sarah Padilla grew up in Lawrence, Kansas where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Anthropology with a minor in Art History from the university of Kansas. She is interested in interdisciplinary approaches leading to multiple visible perspectives and how that can manifest within space, particularly art museums/center. With this, she is also interested in collections/archives, particularly the ones that remain trapped in storage rooms and how they can engage multiple communities in different ways.


Monica O. Montgomery

Museums Respond to Black Lives Matter & Beyond: A 5 Part Retrospective

Monica O. Montgomery is a cultural entrepreneur, curating museums in service to society. She is the Director of the Museum of Impact the first mobile social justice museum. Monica is an alumna of Temple University with a Bachelors of Arts in Broadcast Communication and LaSalle University, with a Masters of Arts in Corporate Communication. She holds leadership positions in New York City Museum Educators Roundtable and cofounded Museum Hue a platform for diverse culture workers.


Kara Hendrickson

Human Rights Abuses Committed by the Guggenheim and Louvre Museums on Saadiyat Island

Kara Hendrickson is a graduate student of Art History and Museum Studies at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her research interests include interactive art, how museums can act as catalysts for social change, and the role israeli museums play in the legitimization of the occupation in Palestine.


Jackie Peterson

A Very Brave and Courageous Thing: Museums and the Power to Reshape Historic Narratives of People of Color

Jackie Peterson, owner of Jackie Peterson | Exhibit Services, loves working with museums and cultural institutions to unearth and share their most meaningful and untold stories. She believes that museums can best service their audiences by building strong narratives, developing meaningful interpretation and experiences, and engaging diverse communities. Over the last nine years, Jackie has worked in fundraising, content development, and curation, and hopes to continue working toward equity and diversity across the field.


Leilani Lewis and Chieko Phillips

#FERGUSON_SEA: A 10 Day Study in Social Media and Responsive Programming

Leilani Lewis specializes in bridging communities and sparking conversations on visual arts, community and social justice. She is the Assistant Director of Diversity, communication & Outreach at the University of Washington.

Chieko Phillips is committed to collaboration and civic participation in museum practice. She is the Public Programs Curator at Photographic Center Northwest in seattle and the Executive Director of BlackPast.


Jorge Arturo Albuja Tutivén

De museos, identidades, jóvenes y desplazamientos en el Trópico de Capricornio

Bachelor in cultural heritage management and technique in social education. Teacher of Social Studies in America School of Guayaquil and co responsible in the area of research and education in Suma “Cultural Laboratory.” Responsible for the Ecuadorian Committee of Education and Cultural Action of the International Council of Museums.


Courtney Sass

Promises to My Future Self

Courtney sass is currently a second year Masters student in the Museum and Exhibition Studies program at UIC. She is interested in socially engaged art practices and issues regarding museum accessibility for people with disabilities.
Therese Quinn

The author and editor of several books, including Art and Social Justice Education: Culture as Commons (with Lisa Hochtritt and John Ploof) and Sexualities in Education: A Reader (with Erica R. Meiners), and articles in QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking, the Journal of Museum Education, the Abolitionist: A Publication of Critical Resistance, the Monthly Review, Curriculum Inquiry, and Workplace: A Journal for Academic Labor, Therese Quinn is an Associate Professor of Art History and Director of Museum and Exhibition Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and serves on the Executive Board of her faculty union.




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