Lecturer, Graduate Student Division, Art History, Theory, and Criticism (2017) BA, 1998, University of Southern California; MA, 1999, University of Chicago; PhD, 2013, University of Delaware. Exhibitions curated: Navigating the River: George Caleb Bingham and the River (2014), Amon Carter Museum of Art; Westward Movement (2012), Philadelphia Museum of Art Catalogs; Navigating the River: George Caleb Bingham and the River (Yale University Press, 2014) Essays: American Art; Awards: Mellon Sawyer Seminar Postdoctoral Fellowship (2014–15); McNeil Center for Early American Studies (2011–12); Barra Curatorial Fellowship, Philadelphia Museum of Art (2010-11); Smithsonian American Art Museum (2009–10)

Experience at SAIC

At SAIC, Luarca-Shoaf teaches a two-semester graduate seminar and practicum in Museum Education. This program introduces second-year MA and MFA students to the history and theory of Museum Education, and the opportunity to develop their practice in the field by working with different audiences served by the Department of Learning and Public Engagement at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Personal Statement

Nenette Luarca-Shoaf has been Director of Adult Learning and Associate Curator of Interpretation at the Art Institute of Chicago since 2016. There she oversees and facilitates adult learning programs including gallery talks, courses, and workshops, both at the museum and throughout Chicagoland. She also contributes to the planning of special exhibitions and collection re-installations, and works on audio tours for the mobile app and other digital learning initiatives. In addition to her work in museum education, she serves on the editorial board of the online journal, Open Rivers: Rethinking Water, Place, and Community, published by the University of Minnesota.


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