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BEST Curator

2013 BEST Curator

Lynda Hartigan, Peabody Essex Museum


What was once a stuffy North Shore institution has become a must-visit attraction. From a comprehensive look at Joseph Cornell to the unveiling of one of the greatest private collections of 17th-century Dutch art, the shows under chief curator Lynda… read more»

2012 BEST Curator

Lisa Tung

The Peabody Essex, the Gardner, and the MFA may have all raised unprecedented funds lately, but this year tireless MassArt curator Lisa Tung proved you don’t need a massive budget to turn out thought-provoking shows and a fine lecture series…. read more»

2011 BEST Curator

Pieranna Cavalchini


Thanks to this easygoing contemporary-art curator, the Gardner has maintained one of the most vibrant artist-in-residence programs in the U.S. No doubt Cavalchini’s close relationship with director Anne Hawley has also helped shape the museum’s new Renzo Piano-designed digs, which… read more»

2002 BEST Curator

Bill Arning

Bill Arning at MIT’s List Visual Arts Center bulks up his reputation as a champion of the arts by scouting new talent, nurturing young artists, and breathing fresh life into the city’s art scene. read more»