17 July 2012


From time to time, the Courtauld publishes a list of all those achievements which alumni have told us about via email and through their alumni update forms.


Below is a list of achievements from 2010-11.  Our sincere congratulations go to our alumni for these wonderful accomplishments.


To be included in the list of alumni accomplishments in 2012, please email or complete and return the Alumni Update Form with the next issue of The Courtauld News.


Kate Agius, BA 1971, was appointed Chairman of the Patrons of the British Museum


Sarah Bancroft, PG Dip 1999, MA 2000, curator of the Orange County Museum of Art in Newport Beach, California, was awarded the Curator’s Award from Fellows of Contemporary Art (FOCA) in 2011.


Naomi R Beckwith, MA, was appointed curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Illinois on 11 May 2011.


Kristine L Bell, MA 1997, was appointed Partner at David Zwirner Gallery in SoHo, New York City in 2010.


Lewis H Biggs, MA 1979, PhD 1983 was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in June 2011 for his service to the North West as Chief Executive and Artistic Director of Liverpool Biennial.


Christina Bradstreet, MA 2003, was awarded the Anne Humphereys Prize for Best 19th Century Studies Thesis by the Centre of 19th Century Studies at Birkbeck College London in 2011.


Christopher J Breward, BA 1987, was appointed as the new principal of Edinburgh College of Art in June 2011.


Kathleen M Campagnolo, MA 2004, PhD 2009, was appointed to the position of Post-Doctoal Fellow at the Smithsonian American Art Museum & National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC from 2009 to 2010.


Cathleen A Chaffee, MA 2001, was appointed the Horace W. Goldsmith Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art in 2010.


Amy Elizabeth Concannon, MA 2010, was appointed the Assistant Curator of Dulwich Picture Gallery in October 2011.


Tara J Draper-Stumm, PG Dip 1991, MA 1992, was appointed the Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries in 2010.


Anne-Marie Eze, PhD 2010, was appointed as the first Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, MA in May 2010.


David G Franklin, MA 1986, PhD 1991, was appointed the new Director of the Cleveland Museum of Art in Cleveland, OH in August 2010.


Dillian R Gordon, MA 1972, PhD 1979, was awarded an OBE for services to Early Italian Panting in January 2011.


Christoph J Grunenberg, MA 1988, PhD 1994, has taken the position as Director of the Kunsthalle Bremen in Germany in July 2011 after a decade as Director of Tate Liverpool.


 Elizabeth J Hill, MA 2001, as department director of pictures at Bonhams in Shipton-on-Cherwell near Kidlington, correctly identified in August 2011 a painting previously attributed to little-known artist Matthew Shepperson as one in fact done by the hand of renowned artist Diego Velazquez.


Deborah J Howard, MA 1969, PhD 1973, was appointed to the position of Trustee for the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in 2010.


Alexandra P Klein, MA 2005, was appointed the new Program Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, PA in 2011.


Holger A Klein, MA 1994, received the Mark van Doren Award by Columbia University in 2011.


Eva Londos was awarded a travel scholarship to Greece through the Swedish Authors’ Association in March 2011.


Angeliki Lymberopoulou, PG Dip 1993, MA 1994, was awarded the Leverhulme Trust International Networks cash prize in 2011 for her work, ‘Damned in Hell in the Frescoes of Venetian-dominated Crete (13th – 17th Centuries)’.


Kirsten Aschengreen Piacenti, BA 1951, MA 1953, director of the Stibbert Museum in Florence and co-author of the definitive book on the gems and jewels in the royal collection, has been made an honorary LVO under the Royal Victorian Order of the Queen.


Anja Isabel Schneider, MA 2001, was awarded MARCO/FRAC Lorraine Award for Young Curators, June 2011


Samuel J P Shaw, BA 2003, was awarded a Post-Doctoral Fellowship - Paul Mellon Centre for British Art, July-December 2011.


Rachel Rose Smith, MA 2010, won the York University/Tate AHRC funded PhD studentship for research on St. Ives/


Sarah Staniforth, PG Dip- Conservation of Easel Paintings 1979, PhD 1980, was awarded the 2010 Fellowship by the Society of Antiquaries.



La Vern Swanson, PhD 1994, was awarded the Governor's Award for the Arts by the State of Utah, USA in 2009.


This list was compiled by Meg Kissel and Alison Tinsdale, Development Office Interns



The Courtauld Summer Party 2012 to be held at Tate Modern on 5 July 2012

1 June 2012

Invitation for the Courtauld Summer Party 2012The Courtauld Institute of Art is proud to announce this year's Summer party will be held at Tate Modern on 5 July 2012.

Join Professor Deborah Swallow (Marit Rausing Director) and Stuart Lochhead (Courtauld Association Chairman) for an evening of celebration.

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James hughes-hallett to succeed nicholas ferguson as chairman of the courtauld institute of art

1 December 2011

James Hughes-Hallett
James Hughes-Hallett
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The Board of The Courtauld Institute of Art is delighted to announce that James Hughes-Hallett has been appointed Chairman as successor to The Courtauld’s first Chairman, Nicholas Ferguson, who retires from the post in July 2012 after ten years of outstanding leadership.  James Hughes-Hallett is Chairman of John Swire & Sons Ltd and United States Cold Storage Inc, as well as a director of Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd, Swire Pacific Ltd and James Finlay Ltd.

Born in 1949, James Hughes-Hallett graduated from Oxford University in 1970 with a degree in English Literature. He joined the Swire group in 1976 since when he has held various management positions in the group’s operations in Japan, Taiwan, Australia and Hong Kong. He was Chairman of Swire Pacific Ltd and Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd from 1999 to 2004 and assumed his current responsibilities in London in 2005. He joined the board of HSBC Holdings later that year as an independent non-executive director. He is a Fellow of the Society of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and an Honorary Fellow of both the University of Hong Kong and Merton College, Oxford. He is a trustee of the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, The Dulwich Picture Gallery, The Attingham Trust and The Courtauld Institute of Art. During his time in Hong Kong he was a council member of the University of Hong Kong and the Academy of Performing Arts and a trustee of the Hong Kong Maritime Museum. He served as a trustee of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) until 2010.

James Hughes-Hallett’s experience in Asia chimes perfectly with the recent establishment of The Courtauld’s two new faculty teaching and research posts in Asian art history, a first major step in the expansion of its curriculum beyond the Western tradition which will begin at the start of the 2012 academic year. He is excellently placed to meet the challenges of the next ten years, during which The Courtauld plans to expand its curriculum and research further to embrace the arts of the world while continuing the essential work of maintaining the financial health of this leading centre for the study of art history, conservation and curatorship.

On being appointed James Hughes-Hallett said: "After three years as a trustee of The Courtauld Institute of Art, I am honoured and excited to take on the challenging role of Chairman. My predecessor Nicholas Ferguson has set the bar high but I greatly look forward to continuing his excellent work in taking this world-leading institute forward".

On behalf of The Courtauld’s Board, Nicholas Ferguson commented: "The Courtauld’s Board and staff have greatly enjoyed getting to know James in his capacity as trustee and look forward to working with him on taking forward the institution’s vision for the study of art history and conservation in this new role".

In 2001 the then Advisory Board of the Courtauld, chaired by Sir Nicholas Goodison, made the brave decision to become an independent, self-governing college of the University of London, responsible for its own long-term sustainability. Nicholas Ferguson was appointed as Governor and, having worked closely with Sir Nicholas Goodison, Lord Rothschild and David Landau to raise an initial endowment fund, was invited to become the first Chairman of the independent Courtauld, a role which he has undertaken with steadfast commitment.

Nicholas Ferguson developed a full governance structure for The Courtauld and ensured its long-term financial viability by building up a significant endowment fund of some £32 million during what has been a difficult climate for raising money. This means that The Courtauld’s endowment is one of the largest in the country per student and will enable The Courtauld to educate the art historians and conservators of the future. As well as his outstanding chairmanship of The Courtauld and a brilliant career in the City, Nicholas Ferguson has been Chairman of the Institute of Philanthropy for nine years and in 2004 he and his wife set up the Kilfinan Group, a group of heads of listed companies who act as mentors to over 100 heads of charitable bodies.

Professor Deborah Swallow, Märit Rausing Director of The Courtauld, in paying tribute to Nicholas Ferguson said: "I cannot exaggerate the significance and value of Nicholas’ chairmanship during these past ten years which have seen The Courtauld re-assert its position not merely as the leading art history institution in the UK, but among the very best in the world. He has a personal passion for art and its history, and has acted as a great ambassador for the discipline. Furthermore, he and his wife Jane, a Courtauld alumna, have made very significant donations to The Courtauld. Under his leadership we have gathered many supporters and exceeded our recent fundraising goals. Our target was £8.25 million and £9.6 million was raised. This will attract a further £2.5 million to The Courtauld’s endowment through the HEFCE matched funding programme. There is also no question that it is his wonderful, compassionate, generous, infectious and demanding personality that has made this institution a joy for us all to be part of over the past decade."

The Courtauld Institute of Art is a leading and global centre for the study of art history and conservation with a unique scope. As a college of the University of London it brings together exceptional teaching and research and an outstanding art collection and has an unmatched concentration of specialisms from antiquity to the present. It has approximately 450 national and international students at any one time and The Courtauld’s over 5,000 alumni make an impact with many at the helm of major arts and educational institutions in the UK and worldwide. They include the directors of London’s National Gallery, Tate, and British Museum; New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and Morgan Library and Museum; as well as leading figures in the commercial art world. The growing network of alumni also includes many teachers and curators at major universities and museums.

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Christoph grunenberg appointed director of kunsthalle bremen

14 July 2011

Christoph Grunenberg It has been announced that Dr Christoph Grunenberg (MA 1988, PhD 1994) will be leaving Tate Liverpool to take up the position of Director of the Kunsthalle Bremen in Germany.

After a decade as Director of Tate Liverpool (and a total of twelve years at Tate), he will be leaving for his native Germany to take up the new post on 1 December 2011.


The Kunsthalle Bremen is one of Germany’s oldest museums, its foundation dating back to 1823. It is also one of the country most beautiful museums, its original 19th-century building currently undergoing a major extension and modernisation, significantly increasing exhibition and display spaces as well as learning, restoration and library facilities. The new building is scheduled to open on 20 August 2011. The Kunsthalle’s impressive collection ranges from the Renaissance to the present, from Masolino to Maurizio Cattelan. It is particular strong in French art of the 19th century with extensive holdings of Delacroix, the School of Barbizon, Impressionism the Nabis and Picasso in the 20th century. Art around 1900 is a further focus with an impressive collection of German Expressionism and a substantial group of works by Max Beckmann. The museum further holds one of Europe’s largest collections of prints and drawings with over 200,000 objects ranging from extensive holdings of Albrecht Dürer to 350 works by Picasso. Media Art is also strongly represented in the collection, including major pieces and installations by John Cage, Otto Piene, Nam June Paik and Olafur Eliasson.


The Courtauld extends its congratulations to Christoph on this wonderful appointment.

michaeltaylor to direct hood museum of art, dartmouth

13 July 2011

Michael Taylor

Dr Michael Taylor (MA 1994, PhD 1999) has announced that he will be leaving the Philadelphia Museum of Art to become the new Director of the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College.  After 15 years of service as a curator in the modern and contemporary art department of the Philadelphia Museum, he will begin his new life as a museum director on 15 August 2011.


The Hood Museum has an important collection of more than 65,000 objects. The Museum is also expanding over the next five years and will double its gallery space by 2015. It is very much a teaching museum, as opposed to a museum that teaches, and Michael will be working closely with the students and faculty, particularly in the art history, anthropology, and studio arts departments.


The Courtauld is extremely proud of Michael for this wonderful new position.

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