Oberlin College alumna appointed as new associate curator of contemporary art at Cleveland Museum of Art

Posted at 2:01 PM, Oct 18, 2019

CLEVELAND — An Oberlin College alumna is making her homecoming back to Cleveland as the new associate curator of contemporary art at the world-renowned Cleveland Museum of Art.

Nadiah Rivera Fellah will help develop the museum's contemporary art program while working to acquire art for the permanent collection.

“I am looking forward to cultivating new and progressive contemporary programming at the world-class Cleveland Museum of Art. I am delighted to be working with Emily Liebert and a fantastic team of colleagues. I’ve long been committed to fostering diversity in both museum collections and communities; I look forward to contributing to such initiatives in Cleveland,” Fellah said.

Since 2015, Fellah has served in a variety of capacities at the Newark Museum in Newark, most recently being tasked with integrating several Latin American works in the American galleries prior to the museum's expansion.

Receiving her doctorate from the CUNY Graduate Center, Fellah's dissertation focused on the role of photography in capturing stories of migration in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands.

"Her expertise in Latin American and global contemporary art will be an asset to the museum as we continue to grow our contemporary program,” said Director William M. Griswold in a news release. “Nadiah combines her talent as a curator with a deep commitment to making contemporary art accessible to a wide range of audiences. We very much look forward to having her as a colleague in Cleveland."

Fellah is moving to Cleveland with her family this fall and will step into her new role in early November.