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

Mandy Greenfield, Artistic Director of Williamstown Theater Festival

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

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

Emily Nemens, Editor of The Paris Review

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

Robert Spano, Music Director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

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


Dan Cameron, art curator

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

Linda S. Golding, Founder/Director, The Reservoir

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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