ATLANTA (Aug. 24, 2015) – Clark Atlanta University (CAU) named Maurita N. Poole, Ph.D., the new director of the CAU Art Galleries. Dr. Poole assumed the role on Aug. 2, 2015. For the previous three years, she served as the Andrew Mellon Curatorial Fellow for Diversity in the Arts at Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA). She brings to the position her expertise in cultural anthropology and the art of the African Diaspora.
During her tenure at WCMA, Dr. Poole organized temporary exhibitions featuring Chicago-based photographer Myra Greene, South African visual activist Zanele Muholi, and Egyptian-born Nubian mixed media artist Fathi Hassan. She also developed strategic partnerships and raised funds for exhibitions and programs that contributed to campus-wide initiatives. The knowledge gained from these experiences will be invaluable as she expands the vision of CAU’s Art Galleries.
Prior to Williams, Dr. Poole served the Atlanta University community as the education coordinator and curatorial assistant at the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art. She is excited about her return to the AUC, and says, “At CAU, I look forward to developing exhibitions and programs that will draw attention to one of the most extraordinary collections of modern African American art.” She will also focus on training a new generation of museum professionals.
Dr. Poole graduated from Georgetown University with a bachelor’s degree in Arabic and Government in 1998. In 2011, she received her doctorate in anthropology from Emory University. For details on the CAU Art Galleries, visit www.cau.edu.
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