People / CCA Students
Fiona is a creative organizer based in Los Angeles and the Bay Area. She is Managing Editor at Art Practical and the former Assistant Director of Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE). She served as an Arts for LA ACTIVATE Fellow in Cultural Policy for 2016–17 and as an arts delegate for Los Angeles Arts Day in 2017. She frequently collaborates with artists as a creative producer and curator. Fiona holds a BA in Art History with a minor in Education Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is pursuing a MA in Curatorial Practice.
Leandra is based in Brooklyn. She received a Master of Architecture from the University of Kansas with a concentration in Urban Design. From 2010 to 2014, she served as the founding Director of Front/Space, a storefront apartment in Kansas City that provides the community access to non-commercial exhibitions, installations, readings, screenings, concerts, forums, workshops, research and publishing projects. Leandra works as an Archivist at The Lebbeus Woods Archive in New York City and as an architectural designer and project manager at Overhead NYC. She is pursuing dual studies in Curatorial Practice and the Masters of Advanced Architecture Design program.
Naz is a curator and writer based in Istanbul. She is cofounder of the nonprofit art initiatives Collective Çukurcuma and IdentityLab, and former Projects Manager of Zilberman Gallery. She has curated exhibitions internationally, and her writings have been published in magazines such as Art Asia Pacific and Hyperallergic. She took part in ICI New Orleans and TATE Intensive, and received her BA in Psychology and MA in Social Psychology focusing on cultural studies from Koç University, Istanbul. She is pursing a MA in Curatorial Practice.
Katherine is a Toronto-based writer and curator currently living and working in the Bay Area. Her research interests include feminism and technology, diaspora and identity, and artist biographies. Katherine holds a BA in Art History from the University of Toronto and is pursuing a dual MA in Curatorial Practice and Visual and Critical Studies.
Shaelyn is a San Francisco-based artist and curator focused on socially engaged art. Prior to joining CCA, she oversaw the finances and operations of Creativity Explored, a nonprofit studio and gallery for adult artists with developmental disabilities, where she curated exhibitions for local, national and international art fairs. She previously worked as a nonprofit project manager and HIV/AIDS educator in South Africa. Shaelyn holds a BA in Interdisciplinary Field Studies concentrating on art in developing political societies from the University of California, Berkeley. She is pursuing a MA in Curatorial Practice.
Chloe is an arts organizer and writer based in Oakland, California. She is the Publishing Assistant at Art Practical and the Exhibition and Design Fellow at The Flight Deck. Chloe was previously an Art Educator at the Tucson Museum of Art. She holds a BA in Art and Visual Culture Education with an emphasis in Communities and Museums from the University of Arizona. She is pursuing a dual MA in Curatorial Practice and Visual and Critical Studies.
Youyou is a curator and artist based in Shanghai. Her curatorial research interests include geopolitics and hermeneutics. She received a BA in Fine Art from Shanghai University where, during her studies, she served as a researcher of display design at the L Frame Studio. She is pursuing a MA in Curatorial Practice.
Emily is an arts professional originally from New York. She received a BA from Johns Hopkins University with dual majors in History and English and minors in Museum Studies and Fine Art. Prior to pursuing her MA in Curatorial Practice at CCA, she worked with Sotheby’s in New York, where she worked with a global network of collectors and art institutions. She has also worked with the Jewish Museum and Art in Odd Places, a performance art festival, both in New York City.
Yomna is a curator and researcher born in Cairo, Egypt. Her research interests include cultural critiques of post-coloniality and globalization as well as societal and political factors that that the construction of identity, including gender, race, nationality, class, and sexuality. She is pursuing a dual MA in Curatorial Practice and Visual and Critical Studies.
Orly received a BA in Art History and Creative Writing from Oberlin College. She previously worked at Overduin & Co. gallery in Los Angeles and has held internships at Matthew Marks Gallery, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. She is pursuing a MA in Curatorial Practice.