Jessica Bell Brown and Leila Grothe have been appointed by the Baltimore Museum of Art in Maryland as associate curators of contemporary art.
Brown recently worked as the Gracie Mansion Conservancy Consulting Curator in New York, where she curated the ongoing show “She Persists: A Century of Women Artists in New York, 1919-2019.”
Brown previously served as a museum research consortium fellow in the Museum of “Modern Art’s” painting and sculpture department, and she also held positions at non-profit Creative Time and the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
At Princeton University, she is currently completing her Ph.D. on the post-civil rights decade” at Princeton University.
Grothe has been an associate curator with artists such as Rosha Yaghmai, Yuki Kimura, and Melanie Gilligan at the Wattis Institute at the California College of Arts in San Francisco since 2014.
She has worked as director of curatorial affairs at the 500 Capp Street Foundation in San Francisco, overseeing the collection of Alexandra Bowes and the collection of Joyner / Giuffrida. From November 18, Brown and Grothe will join the BMA.
As Deputy Director of Education and audience Engagement, Silvia Filippini Fantoni joined the Newark Museum in New Jersey. For the past two years, Fantoni has been director of programs and audience engagement at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh and has worked at the Indianapolis Museum of Art (now known as Newfields) in Indiana, the British Museum and the Sorbonne.
Fantoni is going to develop educational and community programs in her new post. “Community engagement is my personal and professional passion, especially in the museum industry,” she said in a statement, “and I can’t wait to contribute my skills, ideas and energy to this wonderful institution.”


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