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Museum Director Named Among 2016 Movers and Shakers in Arts

February 2017

andrea brownleeAndrea Barnwell Brownlee, Ph.D. C'93, is blazing a trail of excellence and innovation as the director of Spelman's Museum of Fine Art, the only museum in the nation emphasizing art by women of the African Diaspora.

As an art historian, curator and writer, she is widely recognized for her leadership, ambitious vision, and the impactful exhibition agenda she has established at Spelman College.

Dr. Brownlee is the recipient of the 2013 David C. Driskell Prize in African American Art and Art History. She has also received several other academic, professional, and scholarly awards including a MacArthur Curatorial Fellowship in the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art at The Art Institute of Chicago (1998 – 2000), a Future Women Leadership Award from Art Table (2005), the President’s Award from the Women’s Caucus for Art (2005), and the inaugural Nexus Award from the Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center (2010).

Burnaway, an Atlanta-based nonprofit arts organization, has named her one of the "Movers, Shakers & Newsmakers" who made a significant contribution to the art scene in 2016.  Dr. Brownlee was among artist, art spaces, advocates, and exhibits selected from throughout the South.  In its December feature on the honorees, Burnaway assistant editor Logan Lockner noted Spelman's new curatorial studies program.

Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the program began in January 2016 with an introductory curatorial studies course and 10 students. "This program is a prime example of a bold leader gathering resources and taking direct action to address a systemic lack of diversity in the art world," the article states.

Read more about Burnaway's Best of 2016 Movers and Shakers.