Shelby Bray

Shelby Bray is a master’s candidate at the Institute of Fine Arts, focusing on modern and contemporary art. She is especially interested in performance art and the ways in which bodies and identities can be depicted through different types of media. Shelby previously studied Art History and Human Development at the University of Connecticut as well as the International Studies Institute in Florence, Italy. As an undergraduate, she held internship positions at The Contemporary Austin in Austin, Texas and Anderson Contemporary in New York, New York. In her free time, she enjoys working out, reading, and hiking with her dog….

Chloë Courtney

Chloë Courtney is a first-year PhD student at New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts. She earned her MA in art history at the University of New Mexico in 2018, where her research focused on contemporary artists contending with Mexico City’s fraught ecological history. Past curatorial projects have emphasized the intertwined relationships between neoliberal power structures, social understandings of nature, and ecological degradation. Last year, she was the 2019-2020 McDermott Curatorial Intern for Contemporary Art at the Dallas Museum of Art. Courtney’s current research continues her focus on modern and contemporary art of the Americas, with a particular interest in…

Emma Flood

Emma Flood is a Master’s candidate at the Institute of Fine Arts, specializing in modern and contemporary art. Her primary interests are feminist and Marxist perspectives, and the history of portraits and self-portraits. She held positions at the Bell Museum of Natural History and at the Science Museum of Minnesota. Her museum work has piqued her interest in bringing interactive models of learning and engagement into art world contexts. She earned her B.A. from St. Catherine University, where she majored in both Art History and Philosophy, and minored in Women and the Arts. While at St. Catherine University, she held…

Kaylee Kelley

Kaylee Kelley is a Master’s candidate at the Institute of Fine Arts, focusing on 19th century French art. Her research interests include material culture, interiority, and depictions of femininity. She previously studied Art History and English at the University of St Andrews, and has held internships in both London and Boston. Originally from Los Angeles, Kaylee continues to explore literature and its important intersections with all forms of art.

Martina Lentino

Martina Lentino is a master’s candidate at the Institute of Fine Arts focusing on global modern and contemporary art, with a focus on the art of the Americas and photography. She earned her B.A. with Honors at the University of Chicago, where she studied Art History and Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Before coming to the IFA, Martina was Kress Interpretive Fellow at the Art Institute of Chicago, where she worked with Learning and Public Engagement, Textiles, and Conservation and Science on interpretive planning and research for textile exhibitions.

Janelle Miniter

Janelle Miniter is a Master’s candidate at the Institute of Fine Arts. Her research focuses on the Russian avant-garde and examines the utilization of art as a political vehicle that reshapes culture and society during periods of revolution. She also studies the cross-cultural legacy between the East and West and the unique synthesis of these two traditions in Russian art, particularly in paintings and textiles. Before joining the IFA, Janelle worked as the Exhibitions Manager at the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) for four years. During her tenure, she executed over a dozen exhibitions and curated MODA’s most popular exhibit,…

Madeleine Morris

Madeleine Morris is a master’s candidate at the Institute of Fine Arts, focusing on modern and contemporary art. After graduating Vassar College cum laude with a B.A. in Studio Art and Italian, she has worked for the past four years as the director of the gallery Davis & Langdale Company, New York. In that position, she collaborated on exhibitions of contemporary artists like Sheila Hicks and Janet Malcolm and co-curated exhibitions of artworks by Anne Ryan, Gwen John, and Albert York, among others. She previously held internships at the Clocktower Gallery and the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum.    

Leigh Peterson

Leigh Peterson is a master’s candidate at the Institute of Fine Arts, focusing on 20th and 21st century American art and photography. Her interests include Modernism, Realism, ‘Outsider’ art, Public art, historiography and the history of museums and collecting. She achieved her B.A. in History of Art from Bryn Mawr College and held internships at The Frick Collection, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. More recently, Leigh worked in New York City as a researcher for the art advisory, Morgan Walker Fine Art, as well as for the Sotheby’s Preferred department as a client liaison.