Joseph L. Underwood (Curator) is Assistant Professor of Art History for Africa and the Diaspora at Kent State University. His research focuses on networks created by artists from Senegal as they employ different platforms to engage the global art world between 1960 and the present. He has contributed to exhibition projects at various museums in the U.S. and Senegal and curated two exhibitions which have debuted at the Dak'Art Biennale of Contemporary African Art.
Abby Hermosilla (Curatorial Assistant) obtained her B.A. from Kent State University and is currently a graduate student in Modern and Contemporary Art History and Arts Administration and Policy at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her curatorial and research interests focus on intersectional perspectives with an emphasis on feminist theory, Latinx identities, and the role of media and technology in contemporary art. Her thesis addresses contemporary artists who represent Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.
Rachel Lieberman (Curatorial Assistant) attained her B.A. from Kent State University in Art History with a minor in Management. Her recent research explores Italian Baroque architecture in Rome, with special focus on the contentious relationship of Gianlorenzo Bernini and Francesco Borromini. She is currently employed at the Cleveland Museum of Art before and plans to return to Kent State University to obtain her Master of Library and Information Science degree.
Brooke Pandrea (Curatorial Assistant) is a senior undergraduate student at Kent State University majoring in Art History. She has studied abroad in Florence and Rome, allowing her to explore her interests in both Italian Renaissance and Baroque art. Her other interests include Asian American art. She is currently working on her senior Honors thesis which examines trends in late nineteenth-century art from Russia.