Curator of European and American Art at the Honolulu Museum of Art
The Honolulu Museum of Art houses a collection of 50,000 works spanning 5,000 years in a beautiful, state-of-the-art facility. Their collection features African art, Asian art, textiles, and European/American art, and includes many works celebrating Hawai’i’s local artists and history.
Gallery Systems spoke with Theresa Papanikolas, the HoMA’s Curator of European and American Art, about her work, the role of technology in facilitating curatorial research and engaging with visitors, and her insight into the future of her profession.
Theresa was recently selected for the ninth class of curatorial fellows at the Center for Curatorial Leadership. She also created and curated two highly regarded shows at the HoMA, Georgie O’Keefe and Ansel Adams: The Hawai’i Pictures, and Art Deco Hawai’i. Since joining the museum in 2008, Theresa has learned first-hand about the importance of using social media to connect with audiences and the evolution of the curator’s response.