Gallery Staff

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Emily Zimmerman
Director of Exhibitions and Curatorial Affairs

Emily Zimmerman (she/her) is the Director of Exhibitions and Curatorial Affairs at the Arthur Ross Gallery at the University of Pennsylvania. She was previously the Director + Curator of the Jacob Lawrence Gallery at the University of Washington, where she advocated for artists using an expansive intersectional lens to advance racial and gender equity and worked with students to become active participants in their arts ecology.  Prior to joining the Jacob Lawrence Gallery, Emily served as the Associate Curator of Programs at the Henry Art Gallery, where much of her work focused on building institutional partnerships and off-site programming. She began her curatorial career as the Associate Curator at the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC), producing commissions and residencies with Gordon Hall, Annie Dorsen, and Melvin Moti. She has curated over 50 group and solo exhibitions with artists such as Pierre Huyghe, Clotilde Jiménez, Jesper Just, Marisa Williamson, Kerry Tribe, and others. She has organized over 300 performance festivals, lecture and film series, galas, community celebrations, and workshops.

Emily’s writing has appeared in BOMB and Contemporary Performance, and she has served on review panels for the National Endowment for the Arts, Creative Capital, New York State Council on the Arts, Artist Trust, 4Culture, among others. Emily earned her MA from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College and her BA from New York University.

Elizabeth McClaffery
Interim Gallery Manager & Public Engagement Coordinator

Elizabeth McClafferty (she/her) is the Interim Gallery Manager and Public Engagement Coordinator at the Arthur Ross Gallery at the University of Pennsylvania. She provides administrative support to the Interim Director of Exhibitions and Programs and the Interim Director of Development and Marketing. In addition, Elizabeth coordinates the Engaging Minds Through Art Program, oversees the ARG Student Advisory Board and Student Docent programs, and assists with exhibitions.

Most recently Elizabeth served as the Gallery Manager at the Stanek Gallery in Philadelphia, where she began as Public Relations Coordinator in 2018. At Stanek, Elizabeth oversaw the strategic and tactical aspects of over 25 exhibitions and led collaborations with numerous Philadelphia arts organizations. Prior to her work at the Stanek Gallery, Elizabeth served as the Academic Year Intern in the Department of Prints and Drawings at the Art Institute of Chicago. She has additional experience in archival fields. Elizabeth received her B.A. in Art History and a minor in Visual Arts from the University of Chicago.

Advisory Board

Andre Dombrowski, Chairman

Anita L. Allen · Benjamin Behrend · Peter Bloomfield · Richard Fitzgerald · Pamela Harper · Lothar Haselberger · Robin Herdon · David Hollenberg  · Anne Munch Jensen · Betsy Scott Kleeblatt · Susan T. Marx · Joshua Mosley · Matthew Neff · Sheila Raman · Christine Weller