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Announcing the 2022 Curatorial Research Fellows

ICI is thrilled to announce the recipients of our 2022 Curatorial Research Fellowships: LaMar Gayles, Drew Kahuʻāina Broderick and Josh TenganPaula Nascimento, Risa Puleo, and Guillermo Rodríguez.

136 curators across 24 countries, 17 U.S. states, Washington D.C., and Puerto Rico submitted applications for four Fellowship opportunities: Curatorial Research Fellowships for curators of African descent based anywhere in the world and for BIPOC curators based in the United States, both under the Marian Goodman Gallery Initiative in honor of the late Okwui Enwezor; the Indigenous Curatorial Research Fellowship; and the Mississippi River Basin Curatorial Research Fellowship.

This year, we are proud to support the timely and innovative projects of six early-to-mid-career curators. Fellows will receive financial support, mentorship, access to ICI’s international network of collaborators and programs, and resources to help advance their practice and develop new knowledge in contemporary art. The fellows are:

LaMar Gayles (Chicago, IL): LaMar Gayles's research centers on the work of artist Berry Horton (1917-1987), who worked for the entirety of his career in the city of Chicago. Combining archival research, art historical analysis, technical studies, and conservation research, the project will cultivate a holistic understanding of this under-studied artist's work, practice, and community.

Learn more about Gayles and his work here.


Drew Kahuʻāina Broderick and Josh Tengan (Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi): (Curatorial Intensive alums, Auckland 2019) Broderick and Tengan are collaborating on Ai Pōhaku, Stone Eaters, a multi-part exhibition of contemporary Hawaiian art to span three campuses of the University of Hawaiʻi, Oʻahu.

Learn more about Broderick, Tengan, and their work here.


Paula Nascimento (Luanda, Angola): Nascimento is an architect and curator whose proposed research examines the artistic practices of emerging women artists originating from displaced communities between Angola, South Africa, and Namibia, as a way to map and understand the aftermath of the South African Border War.

Learn more about Nascimento and her work here.


Risa Puleo (Chicago, IL): Risa Puleo seeks to challenge the medium of public art and envision Indigenous pasts, presents, and futures with ephemeral installations centered around Sugarloaf Mound (the oldest human-made structure in St. Louis, Missouri) and a curatorial intervention addressing the deterritorialization written into city street signs.

Learn more about Puleo and her work here.


Guillermo Rodríguez (San Juan, Puerto Rico): Rodriguez's project El Contrato Natural envisions an exhibition as an ecosystem, contrasting the setting of the botanical gardens at the University of Puerto Rico with artworks that operate in symbiosis with the natural environment that hosts them.

Learn more about Rodríguez and his work here.


Drew Kahuʻāina Broderick

Drew Kahuʻāina Broderick is an artist, independent curator, and community educator from Mōkapu, Kailua, Koʻolaupoko, Oʻahu.

Josh Tengan

Josh Tengan is a Honolulu-based contemporary art curator.

Paula Nascimento

Paula Nascimento is an architect and independent curator based in Luanda, Angola.

Risa Puleo

Risa Puleo is an independent curator and one of a team of curators organizing the 2023 Counterpublics Triennial in St. Louis.

Guillermo Rodríguez

Guillermo Rodríguez is a curator from San Juan, Puerto, Rico.

LaMar Gayles

LaMar Gayles is an archaeologist, independent curator, material culture scholar, and technical art historian.