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

Tempesta di Mare implemented a three-year plan, which addressed new artistic opportunities for the orchestra, including a recording contract and social media expansion.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Billie Tsien, with Tod Williams, founded Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects in 1986. Their studio, located in New York City, focuses on work for institutions—museums, schools, and non-profits.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Richard Evans is co-founder and president of EmcArts, a New York City firm that works to strengthen the capacity and effectiveness of nonprofit arts and cultural organizations.

Scribe Video Center welcomes filmmaker Kevin Jerome Everson for a screening of films that reflect the sources and destinations of the Great Migration.

Several ongoing and recently completed Center-funded Exhibitions & Public Interpretation projects have received national and regional media coverage in recent months.

Tacita Dean speaks about time’s myriad forms, from the geological and the celestial to the biological or the structural.

In the Fabric Workshop and Museum’s Sarah Sze exhibition catalog, the late art critic Arthur C. Danto considered Sze’s past and future art works.

A Fierce Kind of Love, a new play about the fight for disability rights, will be part of a series of public programs meant to generate public discussion beyond the disability community.

Moore College of Art & Design is the only visual arts college for women in the United States and the Galleries at Moore have showcased the work of women artists and curators to great effect.

Grants & Grantees

This exhibition and website will investigate Philadelphia’s long history of row house development as an architectural territory to be mined for physical and social histories, new ideas, and urban innovations.

Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble celebrated its 40th anniversary with the world premiere of Carnival, an original dance piece by contemporary choreographer Mark Morris.

The Legacy Center at Drexel will take materials from their vast collection—formerly accessible to researchers and scholars only—and make them available online to new audiences.