Toledo Museum of Art Mellon Fellowship Awarded to Iowa Native Christina Larson

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Christina Larson, a native of Iowa who recently completed her doctorate in art history at Case Western Reserve University, has been named a Mellon Fellow at the Toledo Museum of Art, a position which is supported by a 2014 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The goal of the Mellon Fellowship Program is to prepare the next generation of museum leaders. Mellon Fellows work closely with TMA’s executive staff on projects related to the day-to-day operation of the Museum, conduct research and complete an independent project related to a personal or scholarly interest in the field of museum work.

Christina Larson

Christina Larson

“Mellon Fellowships provide an incredible opportunity for those just embarking on careers to gain valuable museum experience and for the Toledo Museum of Art to take a leadership role in training the next generation of leaders,” said Amy Gilman, associate director of the Museum. “Christina comes to us already having museum experience and a keen interest in art education, which is our guiding mission.”

Fellowship applicants must have completed their doctoral studies within five years of applying for the fellowship, have a specialty in one of the collection priorities of the Museum, be strong academically, have both a potential for and an interest in museum leadership, and be able to make a two-year commitment to TMA.

Larson earned her bachelor’s degree in art history and English with honors from the University of Iowa in 2000 and a Certificate of Museum Studies there in 2005. She completed her master’s degree in art history and museum studies at Case Western Reserve University in 2007, and continued her studies, earning a doctorate in art history last May. Her specialty areas are American art and Modern European art.

She has a strong background in art education and interpretation. For the past three years she has been a Nord Graduate Fellow in Education and Interpretation at the Cleveland Museum of Art where she coordinated and facilitated Vital Signs, a program for healthcare professionals that integrates art with skills critical to clinical practice. She also coordinated an outreach initiative for graduate and professional students from Case Western Reserve, led tours for college and continuing education students and co-curated an exhibition of artworks by 30 northeast Ohio college students.

Larson previously served as the assistant director and art collection coordinator for Project Art at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa; the K-12 education coordinator at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and as an education assistant at the Iowa Children’s Museum in Coralville, Iowa.

Her teaching experience includes working as an adjunct faculty member at the Cuyahoga Community College campus in Parma, Ohio; serving as a lecturer on American art at the Cleveland Museum of Art; and acting as an instructor at Case Western Reserve, where she developed curriculum for a history of photography course in 2012.

Larson is a member of the College Art Association, the Association of Historians of American Art, the Midwest Art History Society and the Southeastern College Art Conference. Her recent volunteer activities have included serving as a volunteer committee member for the Labor Education and Arts Project and as an exhibition committee member at The Sculpture Center, both in Cleveland.

With her appointment, Larson became the fourth individual to be named a Mellon Fellow since the grant-funded fellowship program began at TMA in 2011.

About the TMA Mellon Fellow Blog

In 2011, the Toledo Museum of Art received a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for a postdoctoral fellowship program with a focus on preparing a new generation of museum leaders.

Kate Nesin, a specialist in contemporary art, is a graduate of Harvard University and did her postgraduate work at Princeton University.

Adam Levine, specializing in ancient art and anthropology, has degrees from the University of Oxford and Dartmouth College.


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