Curatorial Council

Each year our National Curatorial Council of experts in their disciplines selects more than 70 artists for Hermitage residencies. Members of the Curatorial Council are connected to some of the most renowned American cultural institutions.


Eric Booth, Arts Education Author and Speaker

Christopher Burney, Artistic Director of New York Stage and Film

Daniel Byers, Director at Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University

Valerie Cassel Oliver, Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Claire Chase, Flutist, Avery Fisher Award Winner, MacArthur Fellow

Jennifer Clement, President, PEN International

Kimberly Drew, Writer, Activist, and Curator of Black Experiences

Nataki Garrett, Artistic Director of Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Mandy Greenfield, Artistic Director of Williamstown Theater Festival

Mitchell Jackson, Pulitzer Prize Winning Author

Christopher Merrill, Director of Creative Writing Program, University of Iowa

Terrance McKnight, WNYC Radio Host

Emily Nemens, Former Editor of The Paris Review

Robert Spano, Music Director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra


Joseph V. Melillo, Executive Producer, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), New York, NY

Past Curators:

Darrell Ayers, retired Vice President for Education and Jazz, The Kennedy Center, Washington, DC; now in Sarasota, FL

Dr. Anthony BannonDirector, Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo, NY

Dan Cameron, Former Chief Curator of Orange County Museum of Art

Anne Cattaneo, Dramaturg and Director, LCT Directors Lab, Lincoln Center, New York, NY

Michael Bigelow Dixon, Assistant Professor of Theater, Transylvania University, Lexington, KY

Kenneth Fischer, retired President, University Musical Society at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Linda S. Golding, Founder/Director, The Reservoir

Colleen Jennings-RoggensackExecutive Director, Arizona State University Gammage, Tempe, AZ

Emily Mann, longtime Artistic Director of The McCarter Theater, Princeton University

Josip Novakovich, Writer; Professor, Department of English at Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Christopher Offutt, writer, formerly with the Iowa Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Carey Perloff, retired Artistic Director, American Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco, CA

Kiki Petrosino, Director of Creative Writing Program, University of Louisville

Franklin Sirmans, Director, Perez Museum of Art, Miami, FL

George Steele, at the time with the Miller Theatre at Columbia University, New York, NY

Limor Tomer, General Manager, Live Arts, Metropolitan Museum of Art