New Curator Appointed to Cornell Fine Arts Museum

June 07, 2018

By Audrey St. Clair ’03

CFAM's new curator, Gisela Carbonell
Photo by Scott Cook.

Gisela Carbonell joins Rollins as the new curator of Cornell Fine Arts Museum.

Rollins has appointed Gisela Carbonell as the new curator of Cornell Fine Arts Museum.

Carbonell was previously the director of curatorial affairs at Artis-Naples, The Baker Museum in Naples, Florida. She will come on board June 18.

In her role as curator of Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Carbonell will be responsible for collection scholarship as well as exhibitions, acquisitions, research, and publications. She will work closely with Bruce A. Beal Director Ena Heller to plan and implement an ambitious schedule of exhibitions and educational programs built around, and complementing, the permanent collection. Additionally, Carbonell will serve as a liaison between Rollins faculty and students, and actively pursue strategies of engagement for campus and the community alike.

“I am very excited to join the team at CFAM and to be part of a community that strives to be inclusive and diverse in many ways,” says Carbonell. “I am drawn to the focus on global citizenship and social responsibility at Rollins, and I look forward to exploring the myriad ways in which the critical appreciation of the visual arts supports this mission.”

CFAM has been on a path of rapid growth and is engaged in plans for a new facility. Carbonell and Heller will work closely to take the museum into its next institutional phase and future home.

Carbonell received her PhD in art history from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, an MA in art history at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and a BA in political science from the University of Puerto Rico. She was also an associate professor of art history and humanities at the University of Puerto Rico at Cayey, a curatorial assistant at the Krannert Art Museum at the University of Illinois, and a lecturer in art history at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.