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2019 Mary L. Nohl Fellowship Panelists to Give Public Talk at the Haggerty Museum, November 7

The panelists will offer brief overviews of their home institutions and curatorial interests beginning at 6:30 pm. The event is free and open to the public.

By - Nov 4th, 2019 09:32 am

The seventeenth cycle of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Mary L. Nohl Fund Fellowships for Individual Artists program continues with the appointment of a panel of recognized visual arts professionals to select five Fellows from among 150 eligible applicants. Dean Daderko, Curator at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston; Janet Dees, Steven and Lisa Munster Tananbaum Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University; and Jessica S. Hong, Associate Curator of Global Contemporary Art at the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth, will be welcomed at an informal reception on Thursday, November 7, 2019 at 6 pm at the Haggerty Museum of Art, 1234 W. Tory Hill St., on the Marquette campus. The panelists will offer brief overviews of their home institutions and curatorial interests beginning at 6:30 pm. The event is free and open to the public.

Funded by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Mary L. Nohl Fund and administered by the Bradley Family Foundation, the Mary L. Nohl Fund Fellowships for Individual Artists provide unrestricted funds for artists to create new work or complete work in progress. In addition to receiving an award, the Nohl Fellows can participate in an exhibition at the Haggerty Museum opening in spring 2020. An exhibition catalogue will be published and disseminated nationally. The program is open to practicing artists residing in the four-county area (Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee, and Washington counties). The program also includes a Suitcase Fund for exporting work by local artists beyond the four-county area.

The panelists will spend two days reviewing work samples and artists’ statements and visiting the studios of up to seven finalists in the Established Artist category. The two Established Artist awards, worth $20,000 each, and the three $10,000 Emerging Artist awards will be announced on Monday, November 18, 2019.

About the Jurors
Dean Daderko has been Curator at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (CAMH) since 2010. His show Nicolas Moufarrege: Recognize My Sign – currently on view at Queens Museum, New York through February 16, 2020 – is the first museum presentation of Moufarrege’s (1947-1985) exquisite embroidered paintings, which combine references to his Arabic heritage, postmodern wit, and gay identity. Atlas, Plural, Monumental, the 25-year survey of work by Paul Ramírez Jonas, traced the artist’s continuing investigations into what constitutes a public monument, and how monuments can create a public. Daderko worked with curator Alhena Katsof and partners at Participant, Inc., EMPAC, and the Walker Art Center to commission Telepathic Improvisation, an immersive video installation by Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz in which an original score by the composer Pauline Oliveros initiates a political call-to-action. At CAMH, Daderko has also presented exhibitions with LaToya Ruby Frazier, Chitra Ganesh, Joan Jonas, Matt Keegan and Kay Rosen, Wu Tsang, and Haegue Yang, among others.

Janet Dees is the Steven and Lisa Munster Tananbaum Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University. Prior to her appointment at the Block in September 2015, she was curator at SITE Santa Fe, where she had held various curatorial positions since 2008. Dees was a part of the curatorial team for Unsettled Landscapes (2014) the inaugural SITElines: New Perspectives on Art of the Americas biennial, and has curated exhibitions and produced new commissions with a wide variety of contemporary artists. Recent exhibitions include Hank Willis Thomas: Unbranded (2018); Experiments in Form: Sam Gilliam, Alan Shields, Frank Stella (2018); Carrie Mae Weems: Ritual and Revolution (2017) and If You Remember, I’ll Remember (2017) at the Block. Since 2018 she has been an affiliate of Northwestern’s Center for Native American and Indigenous Research, and is the recipient of a 2018 Curatorial Research Fellowship from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

Jessica Hong is currently Associate Curator of Global Contemporary Art—the first to fill this position—at the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College. Before joining the Hood, Hong was assistant curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, where she organized exhibitions including Arthur Jafa: Love Is the Message, the Message Is Death (2018) and the ICA’s presentation of We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965–85 (2018). Prior to the ICA, she was part of the inaugural team of the Division of Modern and Contemporary Art that launched the renovated Harvard Art Museums. Hong was previously based in New York and held curatorial positions at Independent Curators International (ICI), SculptureCenter, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. She has written editorial pieces for BOMB Magazine, ICA/Boston, SculptureCenter publications, among others. Additionally, she served as ICI’s external evaluator for all curatorial programs, as visiting critic for Residency Unlimited (NY), and as a juror on numerous panels and fellowship programs. Hong received her M.A. in art history from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, and B.A. in art history from Barnard College, Columbia University.

For more than a century, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation has helped individuals, families and organizations realize their philanthropic goals and make a difference in the community, during their lifetimes and for future generations. The Foundation consists of more than 1,300 individual charitable funds, each created by donors to serve the charitable causes of their choice. The Foundation also deploys both human and financial resources to address the most critical needs of the community and ensure the vitality of the region. Established in 1915, the Foundation was one of the first community foundations in the world and is now among the largest.

For further information about the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Mary L. Nohl Fund Fellowships for Individual Artists program, please visit

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