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Kimberly Jacobs

Independent Curator and Writer based in Memphis, TN

Kimberly Diana Jacobs brings with her a diverse professional and academic background in curating, public programming, and museum education. Her academic interests engage modern and contemporary art history, and performance-based art of Africa and its Diaspora. Kimberly’s curatorial work has focused on interdisciplinary exhibition methods and research. Recent projects include Terry Adkins: Renditions I-III and States of Grace, which featured a series of performances at the opening of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa in Cape Town, South Africa.

Kimberly has contributed research and assisted with implementation for exhibitions, lectures, and performances at museums including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University, Saint Louis Art Museum, and Mississippi Museum of Art. In 2016 Kimberly served as the Catherine Hannah Behrend Fellow at the Philadelphia Museum of Art awarded by ArtTable, and in 2013-14 she served as the Romare Bearden Fellow at the Saint Louis Art Museum.

In addition to her museum experience, Kimberly has participated in arts and humanities programs for universities including Indiana University Bloomington, University of Virginia, Howard University, and Jackson State University where she also served as the founding director of Gallery1 from 2012 to 2015. Born in Jackson, Mississippi (United States), she graduated from Jackson State University with a B.A. in fine art and M.A. in history, and continued her graduate studies in art history at Virginia Commonwealth University.

2019 Presenters