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Anne Collins Smith is the Curator of Collections at the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art. She is a cultural curator, art historian, and cultural worker in the literary, visual, and performing arts. Smith received a B.A. in English and Art History from Spelman College and an M.A. in Visual Arts Administration at New York University. She served as an intern at the Cinque Gallery, which was founded by artists Romare Bearden, Ernest Crichlow, and Norman Lewis, and the Romare Bearden Fellow at the Saint Louis Art Museum. Smith was the Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellow at the Davis Museum and Cultural Center at Wellesley College where she began to fuse interdicisplinarity with her curatorial practice. At the Davis, she curated the exhibition The Space Between: Artists Engaging Race and Syncretism. Smith’s interests include: arts, the economy, and social uplift; arts leadership; audience development; cosmopolitanism; the evolving role of the curator; material culture; public art; visual culture; and, African Diasporic continuity in artistic and cultural practices. Smith participated in the Art Leaders of Metro Atlanta; Independent Curators International’s Curatorial Intensive; Getty Leadership Institute’s Museum Leaders: The Next Generation; Association of Art Museum Curator’s Mentorship, and the BURNAWAY Art Writers Mentorship programs
Smith recently organized Maren Hassinger . . . Dreaming (2015) and Howardena Pindell (2015). Her curatorial projects in progress include Eye Ten (I10), Real Good Hands, and, Always a Pleasure. She is currently serving on the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) Arts Council and on the Board of Trustees of the Association of Art Museum