The VIA Art Fund, a nonprofit philanthropic arts organization, has named Cathleen Chaffee the recipient of its 2018 Curatorial Fellowship grant. This is the second year VIA has given out the award, which comes with $15,000 and helps support further research.
Chaffee plans to use her VIA grant to conduct studio visits with artists based in Lebanon, South Africa, and Egypt. In a statement, VIA president Bridgitt Evans said, “We are thrilled to bestow the VIA Curatorial Fellowship to Cathleen Chaffee, a curator who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to her field and whose forward thinking approach to curating embodies the pioneering spirit VIA wholeheartedly embraces and champions.”
Before she became chief curator at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York, Chaffee held positions at the Yale University Art Gallery and and the Museum of Modern Art. For the Albright-Knox, she has curated Shade: Clyfford Still/Mark Bradford and a survey of mid-career artist Joe Bradley’s work, and is currently organizing the first museum survey of experimental filmmaker and musician Tony Conrad.