Jennifer Farrell Named Curator of Exhibitions at the University of Virginia Art Museum

Jennifer Farrell, the new curator of exhibitions at the University of Virginia Art Museum. (Photo: by Cole Geddy)

The University of Virginia Art Museum has tapped scholar and curator Jennifer Farrell, who has a long history of working at institutions throughout New York and New England, to be its new curator of exhibitions.

Ms. Farrell comes to the museum from the New York-based Nancy Graves Foundation, which maintains the archive of the late sculptor and painter Nancy Graves and makes grants to artists.

Before joining the Nancy Graves Foundation, Ms. Farrell served as a fellow and then assistant curator of prints, drawings and photography at the Yale University Art Gallery in in New Haven, Connecticut.

The newly appointed curator’s previous curatorial credits includes “Empire/State: Artists Engaging Globalization,” which she co-curated while enrolled in the Whitney Independent Study Program in 2002. “The weave of connections here–political, social, formal–is dense, as it is throughout this thoughtful show,” New York Times critic Holland Cotter wrote of the exhibition, which featured, in Mr. Cotter’s words, “[p]olitically alert Conceptual art” by artists like Mark Lombardi and Emily Jacir.

Ms. Farrell has a Ph.D. in art history and a certificate in film studies from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and a B.A. in art history from Smith College.