The Smith College Museum of Art in Massachusetts has appointed Emma Imbrie Chubb, a Ph.D. candidate and presidential fellow in the department of art history at Northwestern University, as its first-ever curator of contemporary art. She will take up the post on July 10.
Director and chief curator Jessica Nicoll said, “The search committee was particularly pleased to offer the position to Emma Chubb, whose scholarship, curatorial experience, and expansive curiosity indicate the power of contemporary art to respond to current issues and to shape individual and public opinion around the issues of the day.”
The curatorial position was created following a gift from alumna Charlotte Feng Ford, who said Chubb reminded her of why she is so passionate about collecting contemporary art. “Emma’s enthusiasm is exciting, and her ideas for the new curator’s position are inspiring. She will develop understanding amongst students and the community that will lead to many fantastic opportunities at the museum.”
From 2013 to 2016, Chubb served as a consultant for the Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha, Qatar. In 2014, she curated an exhibition on Mohssin Harraki at L’appartement 22, Morocco’s first independent art space. She was a founding codirector of Doukan 7002, a year-long project space in Chicago, and has worked as a research assistant and translator for exhibitions in Morocco and South Korea. Chubb received a Camargo Foundation Residential Fellowship to Cassis, France, in 2016 and an American Institute for Maghrib Studies long-term research grant in 2013. She has published articles in Art Journal, the Journal of Arabic Literature, and Nafas Art magazine, among others. Chubb holds a bachelor’s degree from Haverford College. She expects to receive her Ph.D. in art history from Northwestern University in June.