Alya Poplawsky has been appointed Curator of Education and Special Projects at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum. In this position, Alya will serve a faculty liason to the Museum, encouraging interdisciplinary engagement with the exhibitions, developing exhibition programming, and assisting in the research and development of future exhibitions. She will also oversee the K-12 educational outreach program. Alya's appoinment runs through the fiscal year.
Alya comes to the Cornell Fine Arts Museum with a comprehensive art background in both academic and commercial aspects of the art world. She has a M.A. in Art Business from Sotheby's Institute of Art in New York as well as a B.A. in Latin American and Caribbean Studies with a minor in Art History and Spanish from Rollins College. Her dissertation, entitled "The Reception of Latin American Art in the United States: From Museum to Market," looks at the political, psychological, social, and economic aspects of the introduction of Latin American art in the United States as a collecting category, and asserts the museum as the primary channel for exposure of Latin American art and artists. Her knowledge of communications, marketing, and art law are additional assets she brings to CFAM. During her time in New York City, she also worked with artists and collectors as an art consultant/advisor.