External Advisory Group

Pioneering a
More Equitable and
Diverse Art World. 

Comprised of curators, directors, world-class artists and scholars, our External Advisory Group understands what it takes to lead in the art industry and is committed to your success.  Whether sharing innovative practices in professional development, or discussing the courses and internships that can launch your career, we work with our External Advisory Group in order to best serve you.

MEET OUR TEAM (2023-2024)


Liz Andrews, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Spelman College Museum of Fine Art

Rod Bigelow
Rod Bigelow, M.B.A.
Executive Director and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art


Derek Fordjour, M.F.A
Artist, Fordjour Studio; Founder, Contemporary Arts Memphis


Heather Hart, M.F.A
Artist, Heather Hart Studio; Assistant Professor, Rutgers University; co-Founder, Black Lunch Table


Mariane Ibrahim
Art Dealer and Founder, Mariane Ibrahim Gallery


Freda Isingoma
Fund Manager, Octopus Investments & Founder, KIISA Art


María Korol, M.F.A
Artist, María Korol Studio; Assistant Professor, Morehouse College

Denise Murrell
Denise Murrell, M.B.A., Ph.D.

Merryl H. and James S. Tisch Curator at Large, Metropolitan Museum of Art


Loria Oliver
Chief Development Officer, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art & The Momentary

Amy Sherald
Amy Sherald, M.F.A.
Artist, Amy Sherald Studio

Franklin Sirmans
Franklin Sirmans
Director, Pérez Art Museum Miami

Randall Suffolk
Randall Suffolk
Director, High Museum of Art


Danille K. Taylor, Ph.D.
Director, Clark Atlanta University Art Museum; Professor, African American Studies, Clark Atlanta University

Deborah Willis
Deborah Willis, Ph.D.
University Professor and Chair, Department of Photography & Imaging, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University

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