Valerie Cassel Oliver

Valerie Cassel Oliver.

Valerie Cassel Oliver is senior curator at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, where she has worked since 2000. She has organized numerous exhibitions that have earned national and international acclaim including Double Consciousness: Black Conceptual Art Since 1970 (2005) with Dr. Andrea Barnwell Brownlee; Cinema Remixed and Reloaded: Black Women Artists and the Moving Image (2007), which was nominated for an AICA Award and presented at the 11th Havana Biennial in 2012; the retrospective Benjamin Patterson: Born in the State of Flux/us (2010); and the 2011 survey, Donald Moffett: The Extravagant Vein (2011). Recently, she organized a posthumous survey of photographs by Alvin Baltrop entitled Dreams Into Glass. Another exhibition, Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art, open from November 15, 2012 to February 13, 2013, chronicled the history of black performance in the visual arts from the 1960s to the present. She’s a contributor to Pigeons on the Grass, Alas: Contemporary Curators Talk About the Field, published by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage in 2013. She served as a Pew Fellowships panelist in 2014.


The Fabric Workshop and Museum presents a poetry reading by Natalie Shapero, who will discuss her writing process as it relates to themes presented in habitus.

Grants & Grantees

Named for Doylestown’s most famous son, the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer James A. Michener, this museum was founded in 1988 with a regional focus, housing a collection of Pennsylvania impressionist paintings.

The major repository of the art of three generations of Wyeths (H.C, Andy, and Jamie), and steward of hundreds of acres of land where the artists worked, the Brandywine Museum is a national treasure.

Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko talks with us about promoting participatory audience engagement and dialogue-based programs in the context of a Native American museum.

Grants & Grantees

Donald Camp is a photographer and a 1995 Pew Fellow.

Grants & Grantees

Uri Caine is an award-winning composer and pianist, and a 2003 Pew Fellow.

Grants & Grantees

Dorothy Wilkie’s (Pew Fellow, 2007) choreography involves the re-staging and re-choreographing of traditional West African and Afro-Cuban dances.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Andrew McIntyre, a co-founder of Morris Hargreaves McIntyre, is one of the UK’s leading authorities on audience motivation, behavior and response.

In response to its expanded focus on collecting and presenting regional studio crafts, the James A. Michener Museum organized the first retrospective of the sculpted-bronze art furniture of Paul Evans, the Bucks County, Pennsylvania artist.

The work of 22 artists, spanning four generations, was presented in an exhibition that examined clay’s appeal and craft.

Pew Fellow and Philadelphia Poet Laureate Yolanda Wisher leads a poetry workshop and story circle in Historic Germantown.

Brooke Davis Anderson, an expert on self-taught and outsider artists, reflects on how embellished text is often found in these artists’ works.