Announcing the recipients of the 2021 Tremaine Journalism Fellowship for Curators



We were overwhelmed by the hundreds of submissions we received this summer for the five Emily H. Tremaine Curatorial Journalism Fellowships, and we are delighted to say that we finally sifted through all the applications to find five projects that we think you will enjoy.

Presentation of the five recipients of this year’s scholarship: Tahnee Ahtone, La Tanya S. Autry, Dan Cameron, Jeremy Dennis and Frederica Simmons. Each of the scholarship recipients will join us in helping demystify the work of curators and reveal what is happening in conservation. Each of these curators will post two articles on the site, host an email exhibit for Hyperallergic subscribers, and join us for an online event to discuss their important research. The first Tremaine scholarship holder will start on December 1, 2021 and please be aware that all email exhibitions will be sent on Sunday at the end of each scholarship.

Here’s a bit of each of the curators:

Tahnee Ahtone

Tahnee Ahtone (courtesy National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development)

Title of the conservation project: “Translating indigeneity and history through visual terms, the murals of Kiowa”

Situated at: Oklahoma City, OK, New York, NY, and Santa Fe, NM

Tahnee Ahtone (Ahtoneharjo-Growingthunder) is a registered member of the Kiowa Tribe, fulfilling many roles in the arts as museum director, policy advisor, curator, and artist. Well versed in tribal relations, her 25-year museum career has contributed to the arts in the service of the United States, Canada and Europe. Its platform as a leader in cultural arts is to guide organizational alignment in tribal diplomacy and diversity through engagement initiatives. Tahnee provides advisory and consultancy services to help museums, institutions and non-profit organizations improve their tribal relationships and understand Indigenous cultures. She was recognized as a member of the Center for Curatorial Leadership Fellow ’21, won the Oklahoma Museum Association ’19 Service to the Field Award and Dodd Research Center Participant (UpStander Project for Human Rights) ’17. She is an alumnus of the Institute of American Indian Arts (BFA), Harvard University (ALM), Columbia University Business Leadership (Certified) and Swansea University (ABD) “Political and Cultural Studies, stewardship of Amerindian art ”.

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La Tanya S. Autry

La Tanya S. Autry (courtesy La Tanya S. Autry)

Title of the conservation project: “Watch, create a black world”

Situated at: Cleveland, Ohio

Cultural organizer La Tanya S. Autry, recipient of the 2021 ArtTable New Leadership Award, has developed exhibitions and programming in institutional spaces, such as Yale University Art Gallery, moCa Cleveland, Artspace New Haven, and various projects by collaboration, including List of resources for social justice and museums, The art of black dissent, Museums are not neutral, and the Black Liberation Center. She is completing her doctorate in art history at the University of Delaware. his thesis The crossroads of commemoration: lynching landscapes in America examines the interplay of race, representation, memory and public space.

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Dan Cameron

Dan Cameron (courtesy Dan Cameron)

Title of the conservation project: “Around Chiloé”

Situated at: New York and Glens Falls, NY

Dan Cameron is a New York-based curator, art writer and educator whose public career began in 1982 with his exhibition New Museum, Extended Sensibilities, the first museum effort in the United States to examine gay and lesbian identity in art. Over the next 40 years, Cameron held senior curatorial positions at the New Museum, Orange County Museum of Art, and CAC New Orleans, and in 2008 he was the founder of Prospect New Orleans, the triennial of contemporary art benefiting the city after Hurricane Katrina. . Dan has organized numerous biennials and other major exhibitions around the world, is the author of hundreds of published texts on contemporary art, and has taught and lectured in numerous museums and universities. Her book on Nicole Eisenman’s paintings was published in 2021 by Lund Humphries.

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Jeremy dennis

Jeremy Dennis (photo by Simon Howell)

Title of the conservation project: «Shinnecock – Back | Cheeky”

Situated at: Shinnecock Indian Reservation in Southampton, New York.

Jeremy Dennis is a contemporary art photographer and tribal member of the Shinnecock Indian Nation in Southampton, NY. In his work he explores Indigenous identity, culture and assimilation. Dennis was one of 10 2016 Dreamstarter grant recipients from the national nonprofit Running Strong for American Indian Youth. He received $ 10,000 to continue his project, On this site, which uses photography and an interactive online map to showcase culturally significant Native American sites on Long Island, a topic of particular significance to Dennis, who grew up on the Shinnecock Nation reservation. He also created a book and an exhibition based on this project.

Most recently, Dennis received the Creative Bursar Award from Getty Images in 2018 to continue his series Stories. In 2013, Dennis started working on the series, Stories – Indigenous Oral Histories, Dreams and Myths. Inspired by indigenous stories from North America, the artist staged supernatural images that transform these myths and legends into representations of real experience in a photograph. Dennis holds an MFA from Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pennsylvania, and a BA in Studio Art from Stony Brook University, NY. He currently lives and works in Southampton, New York, on the Shinnecock Indian Reservation.

Website, Instagram, Instagram studio

Frédéric simmons

Frederica Simmons (photography courtesy of Frederica Simmons)

Title of the conservation project: “I will be a witness: Bessie Harvey and alternative legacies in American feminist art”

Situated at: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Frederica Simmons is an emerging black curator based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Born and raised in the south of town, Frederica was instrumental in the preservation of ephemeral street art and associated memory through advocacy and practice following the murder of George Floyd a few blocks from her family home. As a member of the Urban Art Mapping Project since 2020, she has contributed to the George Floyd and anti-racist street art database, which seeks to document street art from around the world that was created in the wake of Floyd’s murder as part of an ongoing movement demanding social justice and equality. It was published in the eighth edition of the Journal of folklore and education, the next book of the AAM Small victories for radical change: internal initiatives to promote equity, inclusion and the fight against racism in museums, and the next edited volume Beyond Culture: Black Popular Culture and Social Justice. She prioritizes uplifting narratives often overlooked in art history through her research, with her research in three areas and their intersections: black studies; feminist, gender and sexuality studies; art history and visual studies. Frederica has been a Curatorial Assistant for the Department of European Art at the Minneapolis Institute of Art since 2019.


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