Director, David Winton Bell Gallery
Specializing in contemporary art and the history of photography, Jo-Ann Conklin has curated more than 100 exhibitions over 35 years working in museums. Conklin is the director of the David Winton Bell Gallery, a position she has held since 1996. In that capacity she oversees the Bell Gallery and the Public Art Program of Brown University. Her recent exhibitions include Dead Animals, or the curious occurrence of taxidermy in contemporary art and SHE: Picturing women at the turn of the 21st century. Conklin was the first to present work by French artist Annette Messager in a US museum, organizing an exhibition of 13 major works at the University of Iowa Museum of Art in 1991. Within Brown’s Public Art Program, Conklin has worked with artists Spencer Finch, Martin Puryear, Maya Lin, Diane Samuels, Ann Hamilton, Nina Katchadourian, and Sarah Oppenheimer on permanent installations for the University’s campus.