Previous Awardees

About Mari Spirito

Mari Spirito is the Founding Director of Protocinema, presenting transnational-nomadic exhibitions in New York and Istanbul; a nonprofit with a hands-on Education Program, since 2011. This past summer Spirito collaborated on a Research Project titled: Asar-ı Atika/ Ancient Works with Övül Durmusoğlu, Rossella Biscotti and Akram Zaatari originating at the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, Ankara. Spirito is a consultant for Art Basel's Talks Program, 2013. She holds a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art, Boston. Prior to Protocinema, Spirito was Director of 303 Gallery, New York from 2000- 2012; and is on the boards of Participant Inc., New York; New Art Dealers Alliance, New York; and Collectorspace, Istanbul.


About Helen Lucy Pheby

I am a highly experienced curator, project manager, and team leader. As Senior Curator at Yorkshire Sculpture Park (Art Fund UK Museum of the Year 2014), I research and oversee the delivery of highly complex projects to budget and to deadline, synchronised within the wider YSP programme, and offsite with overseas partners in Europe, India, Bangladesh, Canada, Ukraine, Kurdistan-Iraq and beyond. My specialism is rooted in public engagement with artistic excellence and I am regularly invited to share my expertise around the world.


About Diana Freundl

Diana Freundl is Associate Curator, Asian Art at the Vancouver Art Gallery in 2013. She has curated a series of installations for Offsite, the Gallery’s public art project, including works by Shanghai-based collective MadeIn Company and Mumbai-based Reena Saini Kallat. In 2014, she co-curated Unscrolled: Reframing Tradition in Chinese Contemporary Art, one of the inaugural exhibitions for the Institute of Asian Art and recently coordinated the touring exhibition Lee Bul. Her upcoming exhibitions include Bharti Kher Matter (July 2016) and Howie Tsui: Retainers of Anarchy opening in spring 2017.

Prior to joining the Vancouver Art Gallery she was living and working in China for fourteen years, where she was an Artistic Director at Art+ Shanghai and previously she was the curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA) and co-curated large-scale exhibitions such as Night on Earth: Helsinki, Berlin, Shanghai (2007); MoCA Envisage II: Butterfly Dream (2008) and INDIA XIANZAI: Contemporary Art from India (2009). In 2012, she co-curated Virtual Voices: Approaching Social Media and Art from China with Zheng Shengtian at the Charles H. Scott Gallery in Vancouver, Canada as part of Yellow Signal, a city-wide festival of new media art from China. Diana has an academic background in comparative religion and philosophy with graduate studies in journalism.


About Lauren Cornell

Lauren Cornell is Curator and Associate Director, Technology Initiatives, at the New Museum. Cornell co-curated the New Museum’s 2015 Triennial: “Surround Audience” and coedited the anthology Mass Effect : Art and the Internet in the Twenty-First Century with Ed Halter (the New Museum and the MIT Press, 2015). From 2005 to 2012, she served as Executive Director of Rhizome and Adjunct Curator at the New Museum. In this dual role, she founded the annual conference Seven on Seven, curated exhibitions such as “Free” (2010–11), and organized dozens of original performances and events with artists including Fatima Al Qadiri, Nao Bustamante, Xavier Cha, Naeem Mohaiemen, Shana Moulton, and Trevor Paglen, among others. Since 2011, she has been on the faculty at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College.


About Laura Raicovich

Laura Raicovich is President and Executive Director of The Queens Museum where she directs all aspects of the Museum’s activities and is charged with envisioning its future. She is a champion of socially engaged art practices that address the most pressing social, political, and ecological issues of our times, and has defined her career with artist-driven projects and programs.

Prior to the Queens Museum, Raicovich launched Creative Time’s Global Initiatives, expanding the institution’s international reach. Raicovich came to Creative Time following a decade at Dia Art Foundation, where she served as Deputy Director. Previously she worked at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Public Art Fund. She graduated from Swarthmore College and holds a Master’s Degree in Liberal Studies from the Graduate Center at the City University of New York. She lectures internationally, has contributed regularly to The Brooklyn Rail, and is the author of “A Diary of Mysterious Difficulties,” a book based on Viagra and Cialis spam recently put out by Publication Studio, as well as the forthcoming "At the Lightning Field," a lyric essay devoted to Walter De Maria's iconic artwork


About Diana Campbell Betancourt

Diana Campbell Betancourt is an American curator based in Mumbai and working across South Asia for the last five years, and Founding Advisor for the Saat Saath Curatorial Research Grant. Since 2014, she has held the positions of Chief Curator of the Dhaka Art Summit and Artistic Director of the Samdani Art Foundation in Dhaka, where she runs the exhibition and international exchange programmes, and is building the Samdani Art Foundation collection.

Betancourt's research interests lie in a re-evaluation of cross-cultural encounters in public space, and a re-analysis of what public space might mean. She has collaborated with sculpture parks around the world, contributing to new commissions of Indian art at institutions including Yorkshire Sculpture Park, UK; deCordova Sculpture Park, US; and Wånas Konst, Sweden. Betancourt cocurated the Mumbai City Pavilion for the 9th Shanghai Biennale and was a Curatorial Advisor for the 2015 New Museum Triennial in New York. Betancourt is a Henry Moore Institute Fellow for 2015-2016, Curator in Residence at the FRAC Champagne-Ardenne and a research fellow at the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum for 2016.


About Catherine David

Catherine David (born 1954) is a french art historian,curator and museum director.David was the first woman and the first non-German speaker to curate document in Kassel, Germany (June 21 - September 28, 1997), she is currently deputy director of the National Museum of Modern Art (Musee National d’Art Moderne) at the centre Georges Pompidou.She was born and lives in Paris.

Catherine David is member of the advisory committee constituted by ACE - Saradar Group in order to create and manage a collection of modern and contemporary art that will be on display in a private museum in Beirut


About Dieter Roelstraete

Dieter Roelstraete (1972) was trained as a philosopher at the University of Ghent and currently works as a curator at the Antwerp museum of contemporary art MuHKA. His curatorial projects there include Emotion Pictures; Intertidal, a survey show of contemporary art from Vancouver; The Order of Things; and the collaborative projects Academy: Learning from Art and The Projection Project. His most recent curatorial project, The Thing, is part of a larger series of MuHKA-organized exhibitions titled All That Is Solid Melts Into Air, now on view in the Belgian city of Mechelen. In 2005 he co-curated Honoré d’O: 'The Quest' in the Belgian pavilion at the 51st Venice Biennale; he has also organized group shows and monographic exhibitions in Amsterdam, Berlin and Vancouver.

He is an editor of Afterall and FR David as well as a contributing editor to A Prior Magazine. Roelstraete has published extensively on contemporary art and related philosophical issues in numerous catalogues and journals, and is currently preparing a book on the early work of Richard Long, as well as an anthology of his literary writing to be published by ROMA Publications in 2009. He is a tutor at De Appel Curatorial Training Program in Amsterdam and at Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam. Dieter Roelstraete lives and works in Berlin and Antwerp.

Dieter Roelstraete has been appointed as the Manilow senior curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago (MCA), effective of February 2012. Roelstraete is currently the curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Antwerp, Belgium, where he has worked since 2003.

Dieter is a wildly productive and extraordinarily smart curator who has addressed a wide range of art—geographically, generationally, materially—in his writings and exhibitions over the past several years .He brings with him an international network which will extend the MCA´s reach far beyond Chicago—but at the end of the day, he is also a really charming person who we are all very much looking forward to working with.


Jonathan Shaughnessy

Jonathan Shaughnessy is an Associate Curator in the Contemporary Art Department of the National Gallery of Canada where his exhibitions have included “Human Scale” (2016), “100 Years Today” in Shine a Light: Canadian Biennial 2014 (2014-15) and Builders: Canadian Biennial 2012. He organized Louise Bourgeois: 1911-2010, the Gallery’s homage to the late sculptor that was on view in Ottawa before traveling to the Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, and MOCCA, Toronto (2011-13). His most recent publication Points of Departure: Vera Frenkel Words and Works (Black Dog, 2016) followed from the major survey exhibition on the Toronto artist he organized for the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (now MOCA_Toronto_Canada) in 2014. He has written essays and catalogues on the work of many Canadian and international artists, and is presently working towards the NGC’s upcoming Canadian Biennial opening October 2017 in Ottawa. Shaughnessy is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Ottawa, and a PhD student in the Institute of Comparative Studies in Literature, Arts and Culture (ICSLAC), Carleton University, where his research interests include Canadian and international contemporary art production and its institutional collection as related to issues of globalization, transnationalism, and diaspora.


Catherine Crowston

Catherine Crowston is Executive Director/ / Chief Curator of the Art Gallery of Alberta, having joined the Gallery in 1998. From 1994 to 1997 Crowston was the Director/Curator of the Walter Phillips Gallery at The Banff Centre and Editor of the Walter Phillips Gallery Editions. Prior to that, she was Assistant Curator at the Art Gallery of York University in Toronto (1986 to 1994), and a member of the Editorial Board and Chair of the Board of Directors of Fuse Magazine.

Over the course of her career, Crowston has curated numerous original exhibitions and overseen the production of several national partnership projects and travelling exhibitions. Most recently, these include major exhibitions of the work of Allora + Calzadilla, Geoffrey Farmer, Brian Jungen, Damian Moppett and Ron Moppett.

Crowston served as the Canadian Commissioner for the 2016 Venice Biennale of Architecture and Canadian Commissioner for the 2002 Sydney Biennale of Contemporary Art. In 2002 she was awarded the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts Medal for Outstanding Achievement in the Visual Arts.


Brett Littman

After four years as deputy director of MoMA PS1, where he managed five departments and oversaw the Warm Up summer DJ festival and (now radio, Brett Littman assumed the post of executive director of The Drawing Center in 2007.

Littman brought with him experience as a writer and critic as well as an administrator. Since 1996 he has contributed news and commentary to a range of international publications and critical essays to many scholarly catalogues.

As a curator, Littman has organized a number of noteworthy exhibitions. For The Drawing Center, he curated Yüksel Arslan: Visual Interpretations (April 2008); Greta Magnusson Grossman: Lighting and Furniture (October 2008); Leon Golub: Live & Die Like a Lion? (April 2010 and then toured to two venues), which was awarded the `Best Show in Non-Profit Gallery’ award by AICA USA, as well as Drawing and its Double: Selections from the Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica, Rome (April 2011); co-curated with Joanna Kleinberg, Sean Scully: Change and Horizontals (toured to four Europe venues in 2012-2013 and opened at TDC in September 2013). Littman organized Guillermo Kuitca: Diarios, (November 2012); Notationotations, a collaboration between Susan Hefuna and choreographer Luca Vegetti and Alexis Rockman: Drawings from the Life of Pi (September 2013); Ferran Adrià: Notes on Creativity, the first exhibition to explore the drawings of the world renowned chef from elBulli, (January 2014 and then toured to four venues); Xanti Schawinsky: Head Drawings and Faces of War (September 2014 and then toured to Bergen Kunsthalle, Norway); Portraits from the Ecole des Beaux-Arts Paris, an exhibition of 400 years of portrait drawings and Inci Eniver: Runaway Girls, a new video commission (April and May 2015); Richard Pousette-Dart: 1930s (September 2015); Louise Despont: Energy Scaffolds and Information Architecture and Jennifer Bartlett: Hospital (both January 2016); and Gabriel de la Mora: Sound Inscriptions on Fabric (July 2016). Upcoming curatorial projects include an exhibition of the work of artist/poet Jackson Mac Low (January 2017) and a survey of Leipzig artist, Neo Rauch drawings (January 2019). He also produced Drawing Sound I and II (July and September 2015) two music events that look at the relationships between visual scores and sound and co-produced The Basement Performances, with musician John Zorn (January 2016).

For the American Folk Art Museum, New York, Littman organized Eugene Von Bruenchenhein in 2010, for Japan Society Gallery, he curated the drawing component of Mariko Mori: Rebirth October 2013 – January 2014 and David Lynch Naming for Kayne Griffin Corcoran Gallery in Los Angeles, November 2013 - January 2014.

Along with his curatorial responsibilities, Littman collaborates with board and staff members to frame The Drawing Center’s vision and strategic course. He oversees all aspects of running and programming the museum and managed and oversaw the Center’s $11 million capital campaign and building expansion which was completed in November 2012.