Melissa Chiu

Dr. Melissa Chiu is the director of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Gallery in Washington, DC. She was appointed director in 2014, after ten years as the director of the Asia Society Museum in New York. Chiu was the Asia Society Museum’s first curator of contemporary Asian and Asian-American art. As a leading authority on Asian contemporary art, she initiated a number of major initiatives at the Asia Society Museum, including the launch of a contemporary art collection to complement the museum’s outstanding Rockefeller Collection of traditional Asian art. Chiu served as a management panelist for the Center in 2013 and an exhibitions panelist in 2010.


Grants & Grantees

The Philadelphia Museum of Art presented the first full-scale exhibition of the artist’s work in more than 30 years.

Grants & Grantees

The Fabric Workshop and Museum is an internationally renowned artist residency program with an active exhibition program.

Grants & Grantees

Pew Fellow Lori Waselchuk’s photographs of post-Katrina New Orleans and the hospice at Angola Prison in Louisiana bring us into intimate contact with complex subjects.

Grants & Grantees

The Barnes Foundation presented a major exhibition of work by Nigerian-born, London-based artist Yinka Shonibare, including a new commission, plus works of sculpture, photography, painting, and installation.

Sam Miller, President of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, talks about the relationship between risk and artistic process.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Aaron Landsman is a New York City-based playwright, actor, and teacher whose performance works combine formal experimentation and long-term community engagement.

Grants & Grantees

In 2010, with Center support, Philagrafika—an organization dedicated to contemporary printmaking—organized a massive multi-venue festival.

Jaye Allison collaborated with the 2nd Generation Silver Belles tap group to create a new work honoring the five original Silver Belles.

Questions of Practice

Tacita Dean shares her thoughts about the making of her film JG in advance of its international debut at Arcadia University Art Gallery.

Five Acts: Chronicles of Dissent, exhibited at Marginal Utility in winter 2012, examined the ways in which social movements and dissenting individuals convey their mission.

Inspired by the Center-funded Paul Evans retrospective at the James A. Michener Art Museum, we ask Williams and Tsien to reflect on the art-furniture designer’s work and its relationship to architecture.

Grants & Grantees

Brent Wahl (Pew Fellow, 2014) works primarily in photography and time-based mediums, transforming everyday materials and detritus into mesmerizing compositions.