Andrea Barnwell Brownlee, Ph.D. is an art historian, curator, writer, and the Director of the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art. She is widely recognized for her leadership, ambitious vision, and the impactful exhibition agenda that she has established at Spelman College. Exhibitions including iona rozeal brown: a³ . . . black on both sides (2004), Amalia Amaki: Boxes, Buttons and the Blues (2005), Hale Woodruff, Nancy Elizabeth Prophet and the Academy (2007), Cinema Remixed & Reloaded: Black Women Artists and the Moving Image Since 1970 (2007), María Magdalena Campos-Pons: Dreaming of an Island (2008), Undercover: Performing and Transforming Black Female Identities (2009), and IngridMwangiRobertHutter: Constant Triumph (2011) are among the projects that she has curated and co-curated. In 2011 she spearheaded 15 x 15—an initiative to acquire 15 works of art in celebration of the Museum’s 15th anniversary.
Dr. Brownlee is the recipient of the 2013 David C. Driskell Prize in African American Art and Art History. She has also received several other academic, professional, and scholarly awards including a MacArthur Curatorial Fellowship in the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art at The Art Institute of Chicago (1998 – 2000), a Future Women Leadership Award from Art Table (2005), the President’s Award from the Women’s Caucus for Art (2005), and the inaugural Nexus Award from the Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center (2010). Dr. Brownlee, an alumna of Spelman College, earned her Ph.D. in Art History from Duke University in 2001.
Dr. Brownlee, an alumna of the Getty Leadership Institute, is a member of the Association of Art Museum Directors. She has served on the boards of several arts organizations including the Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences and the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund and currently serves on the board of WonderRoot. In 2008 the Honorable Shirley Franklin selected her to be the Vice Chair of the City of Atlanta Arts Funding Task Force.
In the spring of 2012, Cinema Remixed & Reloaded: Black Women Artists and the Moving Image Since 1970, which she curated with Valerie Cassel Oliver, senior Curator at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, earned international recognition when it was featured in the 11th Havana Biennial. This achievement marks the first time that a curatorial team from the United States was invited to participate in the official program of the Havana Biennial—the longest running international biennial dedicated to presenting works of art from Latin America, Asia, and Africa.
Makeba Dixon-Hill is the Curator of Education. She has over 10 years experience working with artists, organizations, and students across the country to produce engaging cultural experiences. Dixon-Hill has served as a guest lecturer at several academic institutions and provides expertise on contemporary programming practices. Makeba has evaluated programs for state arts agencies, health and wellness institutions, and nonprofit organizations. She has also written successful grants for museums and individuals.
As a Special Projects Coordinator at The Art Institute of Chicago, her primary duties included providing guidance on arts integration methods, leading professional development sessions, and building collaborative relationships among key stakeholders. Dixon-Hill was also the Education and Public Programs Coordinator at the Studio Museum in Harlem and the Managing Editor of Code Z, an online publication dedicated to black visual culture.
An alumna of Spelman College, Makeba studied English and Art History and participated in the first annual David C. Driskell Summer Arts Institute for the study of the African Diaspora at the University of Maryland, College Park. She received her M.A. in Arts Administration and Policy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2012 and serves on several planning committees on workforce development and arts advocacy.
Wyatt Phillips has been the Administrative Assistant for the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art since August of 2009. For more than 12 years, he has been active at a senior level in diverse environments from education to banking and government. Previously, Wyatt worked for organizations such as Bank of America, Experian Information Solutions, and Vanity Fair Brands as an Executive Assistant. His major duties currently include administrative, financial, and marketing services, and internal responsibilities for visitor and member services. Wyatt has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a Computer Science minor from Oakwood University. He has an unyielding passion for technology, the arts, and working in a marketing and events capacity.
Anne Collins Smith began her tenure as the Curator of Collections in 2003. She provides leadership in the area of collections management and strategically plans for the permanent collection’s sustainability and growth. Her role is integral to the implementation and planning of the Museum’s exhibitions and programs. Smith launched the Museum’s Beyond the Blackboard program to engage students, faculty, staff, and the wider community with the Museum’s collections and experiences. In 2009 she organized the exhibition Showcase & Tell: Treasures from the Spelman College Permanent Collection, which traced the evolution of the permanent collection through the College’s visual arts history and in 2013 Multiple Choice: Selections from the Spelman College Collection, which featured works from that permanent collection that were selected by 50 participants.
Smith completed an Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellowship at the Davis Museum and Cultural Center at Wellesley College where she implemented interdisciplinary interpretation and programming related to the Museum’s permanent collection and exhibitions. During her tenure at the Davis Museum, she also conceptualized and curated the exhibition The Space Between: Artists Engaging Race and Syncretism, which explored how artists across the African Diaspora engage and bring into accord their multipartite heritages and identities. Smith is an alumna of Spelman College, having completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Art with a focus in Art History in 1996 and her Master of Arts degree in Not-for-Profit and For-Profit Visual Arts Administration at New York University in 1998. She interned at the Cinque Gallery, which was founded by artists Romare Bearden, Ernest Crichlow, and Norman Lewis in New York City and was also the Romare Bearden Fellow at the Saint Louis Art Museum.
Smith’s interests include arts and the economy, arts leadership, audience development, cosmopolitanism, the evolving role of the curator, material culture, public art, visual culture, and African Diasporic continuity in artistic and cultural practices. She is a member of ArtTable: The Leadership Organization for Women in the Arts; Delta Kappa Gamma Society International for Key Women Educators, and the Atlanta Women’s Foundation’s Destiny Fund. Smith is an alumna of the Metro Atlanta Arts and Cultural Coalition’s Art Leaders of Metro Atlanta, the Independent Curators International’s Curatorial Intensive, and the Getty Leadership Institute’s Museum Leaders: The Next Generation programs.