2018-2020 Curatorial Fellows
Anella Fernández is a sophomore majoring in art history and fiber at the Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI). Born in Santiago de Cuba and raised in Miami, she became interested in the different cultures that surrounded her. Anella attended Design and Architecture Senior High (DASH), a design-centered magnet program where she studied architecture and art. There, she gained a great appreciation for process making and design. As an intern, Anella helped curate the studio work of artist Sheila Elias, and she continues to work annually with AIA Miami in the AIM program (Architects In the Making), teaching and assisting with the display of the final show. Anella’s travel to Florence and visits to the galleries of the Uffizi and the Galleria dell’Accademia inspired her to pursue curatorial studies. Anella’s curatorial mentor is Stephanie Fox Knappe, Samuel Sosland Curator, American Art.
James Grau studies art history and filmmaking at the Kansas City Art Institute. He became interested in museums during his travels throughout Europe as a child and during his military career, leading to his fascination with antiquarian manuscripts and manuals. KCAI’s art history program ignited James’ passion for art history, augmenting his post-military studies in international relations and cultural diplomacy. After graduating KCAI in 2020, James will pursue postgraduate degrees in art history and museum studies. When not producing or consuming film and audio works, James dives into his book collection, travels to the Rocky Mountains, and works as a projectionist at a fine arts cinema. James’ short film, “Negative Zero,” was featured at KCAI’s Alamo Drafthouse 2017 Film & Animation Show. His most recent work, “Certain Gravity,” an audio drama, was featured at KCAI’s Spring 2018 Film & Animation Show, and was an official selection for 2018’s HEAR Now Festival. James’ curatorial mentors are Catherine Futter, Director, Curatorial Affairs and Sarah Biggerstaff, Curatorial Assistant to the Director, Curatorial Affairs.
2016-2018 Curatorial Fellows
Hayk Badalyan is a Regents Scholar at the University of California, Los Angeles and is pursuing a double major in Art History and Business Economics. His interest in art developed at a young age from his travels to museums across the world and has since grown from a hobby to a passion. Hayk works as a Student Educator at the Hammer Museum in Santa Monica where his interaction with artists, curators, and visitors of all backgrounds has fueled his love for museum work.
Hayk Badalyan is mentored by Gaylord Torrence, Fred and Virginia Merrill Senior Curator of American Indian Art.
Kathryn Cua is a student at the University of Missouri who studies art history and magazine writing. Kat has always loved art, but her interest in art history came serendipitously during her senior year of high school. Needing one more humanities class to fulfill graduation requirements, she took AP art history at the recommendation of a friend. She’s been in love with it ever since. Her interest in curating came in a very similar way—Kat looked up careers in art history to find a reason to take it on as another major. This has since led her to incomparable opportunities such as participating as a research assistant in the I-70 Sign Show in Columbia, Missouri, and participating in the 2016 Andrew W. Mellon Summer Academy at the Nelson-Atkins.
Kathryn will be mentored by Catherine Futter, Director, Curatorial Affairs and Aimee Marcereau DeGalan, The Louis L. and Adelaide C. Ward Senior Curator of European Arts.
2015-2107 Curatorial Fellows
Mary Kuvet is a student at the Kansas City Art Institute majoring in art history and painting. Her interest in curating developed while attending a pre-college program at the Maryland Institute of Art. Here, Mary relished the opportunity to research, curate, and propose an exhibition about the work of Caravaggio. Most recently, she assisted with the development, installation and evaluation of the exhibition Jump In! Architecture Workshop, a collaborative project with local architecture firms awarded the 2015 Architectural Advocate of the Year Award from the AIA KC.
Mary also works as a curatorial assistant at KCAI’s Dodge Gallery, serves on the student leadership team, and teaches weekly art classes at Rose Brooks center. Colin Mackenzie, Senior Curator, Chinese Art, served as Mary’s mentor during the first year of her Fellowship. Mary’s current curatorial mentor is April Watson, Curator, Photography.
Isabel Vargas is a student at the Kansas City Art Institute pursuing a double major in art history and painting. Born in New York City and raised in Miami, Isabel committed to learning about and practicing art very early in life. Her dedication earned her acceptance into DASH (Design Architecture Senior High), an art-centered magnet Program demanding an hour-long commute by bus and train each way. While at DASH, an enthusiastic teacher of the AP art history class sparked Isabel’s interest in the field. Her fascination with curation began at KCAI as she prepared for her semester-end exhibitions, which required a thoughtful approach for the selection and presentation of her own artwork.
While Isabel’s art draws from her lived experiences and her exploration of women’s issues within intellectual spaces and media, she looks forward to learning about and experiencing the breadth of art history and curating. Isabel’s mentor is Kimberly Masteller, curator of South and Southeast Asian Art.
2014-2016 Curatorial Fellows
Myles Cheadle is pursuing a degree in art history at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. As an artist with a lifelong appreciation of jazz, Myles first displayed his work publicly in the exhibition Ella: First Lady of Song at the American Jazz Museum in 2012. Myles soon began devoting more time to the American Jazz Museum, and he became interested in curatorial work while assisting with the planning, design, and marketing for the permanent collection, as well as for the exhibitions Beyond Words and American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music.
In 2015, Myles co-curated Through the Lens: Visions of African American Experience, 1950-1970, on view November 18, 2015-April 3, 2016. His curatorial mentor is April Watson, curator of photography.
Issac Logsdon attends the Kansas City Art Institute and plans to major in art history and ceramics. Issac participated in a number of exhibitions in or near Louisville before beginning classes at KCAI, including St. James Court Art Show, 2012; Norma E. Brown Gallery, 2013; Vault 1031 Gallery, 2013; Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, 2013; Carnegie Center for the Arts, Parade (solo show) 2013, with more to come. Issac is an avid traveler; in the past year he visited Louisville, Red River Gorge in Kentucky, San Diego, Chicago Milwaukee, Cincinnati, Fort Collins, Colorado Springs, Taos and Albuquerque.
In 2015, Issac curated American Art: In Preparation, on view November 11, 2015-May 8, 2016. Issac’s curatorial mentor is Stephanie Knappe, Samuel Sosland curator of American art.