We would like to CONGRATULATE our former Exhibitions Research Assistant, Amy Brandt, on her new position as Assistant to the Directors of Arts Administration at Pace Wildenstein Gallery. Amy spent a year here at the Center working amazingly hard on the Global Feminisms exhibition. We are forever indebted to her and wish her all the best at her new post! We miss you Amy!
After receiving her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Art History and French from the University of Michigan, Amy Brandt lived and studied in Paris, France, for three years. She obtained a License degree from the University of Paris IV-La Sorbonne in 2003 and went on to complete a Master of Arts degree, also in Art History, from Tufts University in 2005. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Modern and Contemporary Art History at the Graduate Center of City University of New York. During her undergraduate years, she worked as a Preparator’s Assistant for the University of Michigan Museum of Art. In Massachusetts, she was a Graduate Assistant at the Tufts University Art Gallery and an intern at the List Visual Arts Center. Prior to coming to the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center, Brandt was Curatorial Assistant to Lisa Dennison, Director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, for New York, New York: Fifty Years of Art, Architecture, Photography, Film, and Video (July 2006), co-curated by Germano Celant for the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco.
Before coming to the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Melissa Messina earned her MFA from Pratt Institute where she received the Presidential Merit Award in Painting. While there, she coordinated the 2005–06 Visiting Artist Lecture Series, which featured such artists as Vanessa Beecroft, Mariko Mori, Judy Pfaff, and Joan Snyder. During this time, she also worked as a Curatorial and Sales Associate for a private dealer in New York specializing in modern abstraction. Prior to moving to New York, Messina was hired by the City of Atlanta Bureau of Cultural Affairs as an independent curator and executed several regional and national group exhibitions for their public art galleries, City Gallery East and City Gallery at Chastain. In Atlanta, she was also Assistant Director at Comer Art Advisory, LLC, in 2004, and a Curatorial and Marketing Associate for the art consulting firm, Barkin-Leeds Ltd., 2001–2003. She recently was the Assistant Curator to Ernesto Pujol for the exhibition Mediating America (June 2006) at the Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, and was invited to jury the exhibition Adam's Rib Eve's Air in Her Hair (January 2007) at the feminist art gallery SOHO20 in Chelsea. Her own artwork has been exhibited in museums and galleries in the Southeast, New England, and New York.