Kellie Jones is Associate Professor in Art History and Archaeology and the Institute for Research in African American Studies (IRAAS) at Columbia University. Her research interests include African American and African Diaspora artists, Latinx and Latin American Artists, and issues in contemporary art and museum theory.
Dr. Jones has received numerous awards for her work from the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, Harvard University, and Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant, and she has served a term as Scholar-in-Residence at the Terra Foundation for American Art in Europe in Giverny, France. In 2016, she was named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow.
Dr. Jones has also worked as a curator for over three decades and has numerous major national and international exhibitions to her credit. Her exhibition “Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles, 1960-1980,” at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, was named best thematic show nationally by the International Association of Art Critics (AICA). She was co-curator of “Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the 1960s” (Brooklyn Museum), named one the best exhibitions of 2014 by Artforum.
The Katherine Tsanoff Brown Lecture Series, in its inaugural year, is made possible through the generous support of The Katherine Brown Fund. The series honors Katherine Tsanoff Brown, Rice University's first teacher of art history, later the Dean of Undergraduate Affairs, and an ardent supporter of public lectures and visiting scholars in the arts even after her retirement from Rice University in 1989.