People / CCA Students
Fiona is a creative organizer based in Los Angeles and the Bay Area. She is the current 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.
Naz Cuguoğlu 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 such magazines 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.
Chloe Kwiatkowski is an arts organizer and writer based out of Oakland, California. She is the current 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 has 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 at CCA.
Yomna Osman is a curator and researcher born in Cairo, Egypt. She is currently pursuing a dual MA degree in Curatorial Practice and Visual and Critical Studies at CCA. Her research interests include cultural critiques of post-coloniality and globalization as well as various constructions of identity, including gender, race, nationality, humor, class, and sexuality.
Kareema Thomas is an Oakland-based curator and writer. She received her B.A. in Art History and Communication from Santa Clara University. Her art historical research questioned topics regarding Black femininity, domesticity, and issues of body image vis-à-vis the Black female nude. Her curatorial interests include topics of black identity, performance studies, site specificity, ephemera, and new film media. Kareema is pursuing the dual Master’s degree in Curatorial Practice and Visual & Critical Studies at CCA.
Orly Vermes received her 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.