Hobart and William Smith Colleges has announced the appointment of Meghan Jordan as the new visual arts curator. Jordan, who holds a master’s degree in art history from the University of Arizona and a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Rochester Institute of Technology, will oversee the collections of the Colleges and direct the Davis Gallery at Houghton House, the exhibition space of the Department of Art and Architecture.
In her new role, Jordan is keen to collaborate with student artists, art historians, and aspiring curators, stating that the collaborative and student-oriented aspects of her position are what attracted her most to the Colleges. “I can assist in teaching students the skills they would need to excel in a career in art galleries and museums. I look forward to partnering with students to install exhibitions in the Davis Gallery or write accompanying text, and teaching students in an internship course how to catalog artwork using the HWS art collection,” said Jordan.
The Davis Gallery is an academic resource of Hobart and William Smith intended to immerse students in visual culture, with six shows each year. The gallery invites a variety of artists and architects to show their work, and an exhibition from the Collections of Hobart and William Smith Colleges is also staged. The exhibitions aim to provide students with hands-on experience and to make works of art accessible to the community.
Before joining HWS, Jordan served as a curatorial associate at the George Eastman Museum in Rochester and has worked at the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, Ariz., and previously interned at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Jordan is excited to be part of the HWS community and is looking forward to providing students with opportunities to engage with art, grow their careers, and succeed.
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