Education Overview

The Gallery offers a variety of programs and teaching resources designed to help Yale and community audiences engage with the museum’s diverse collection and exhibitions. Visitors of all ages will find opportunities to learn about, enjoy, and be inspired by art and artists of the past and present.

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The Gallery draws upon a wide range of teaching staff for its educational programs. In addition to the professional educators and curators on staff and the scholars and artists invited for special lectures and other events, trained Yale University undergraduate and graduate students facilitate visits for children and adults.

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Meet the Curators

Liliana Milkova

Liliana Milkova, the Nolen Curator of Education and Academic Affairs, leads the Gallery’s educational and teaching initiatives, overseeing public education, public programs, and academic affairs. Before joining the Gallery, Liliana was Curator of Academic Programs at the Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College. While at Oberlin, she significantly expanded the museum’s outreach and developed innovative, cross-campus strategies for teaching with its collection. Liliana holds an A.B. in Art History and Old World Archaeology from Brown University and a PH.D. in Modern and Contemporary Art from the University of Pennsylvania. She has published on many topics, such as pedagogy, 20th-century art, photography, and political propaganda, and she has also held several prestigious fellowships, including a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Photographs at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

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Liliana Milkova

Jessica Sack

Jessica Sack is the Jan and Frederick Mayer Curator of Public Education. Since 2004, she has led the development of the Gallery’s school, youth, and family programs, as well as resources for teachers and students. She directs the Wurtele Gallery Teachers, Yale graduate students who are trained to teach K–12 school groups. She also runs programs for visitors with special needs and professional development programs for teachers. Prior to coming to Yale, Jessica was Senior Museum Educator and Coordinator of Teacher Services at the Brooklyn Museum. She has contributed to a number of publications, including The Caring Museum: New Models of Engagement with the Ageing (2015), Interpreting the Art Museum (2015), the Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2013), and Picturing a Nation: Teaching with American Art and Material Culture (2001). Jessica received her M.PHIL. in Ethnology and Museum Ethnography from the University of Oxford and an M.A. in Performance Studies from New York University.

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Jessica Sack

Molleen Theodore

Molleen Theodore, Associate Curator of Programs, a position generously funded by Jane and Gerald Katcher, LL.B. 1950, conceptualizes and oversees the Gallery’s public programs. She collaborates across the museum, the University, and the community, developing partnerships across disciplines, to foster programs that enhance and broaden visitor engagement with the works of art at the Yale University Art Gallery. In addition, Molleen has supervised students in curating exhibitions, including Many Things Placed Here and There: The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection at the Yale University Art Gallery and Jazz Lives: The Photographs of Lee Friedlander and Milt Hinton. She has served as a critic at the Yale School of Art and a lecturer in the Department of the History of Art at Yale. Molleen holds a PH.D. from the CUNY Graduate Center with a focus on the art of the 1960s and 1970s.

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Molleen Theodore

Sydney Skelton Simon

Sydney Skelton Simon, the Bradley Associate Curator of Academic Affairs, is responsible for promoting, managing, and implementing the Gallery’s university-level outreach and teaching programs. Sydney also oversees the yearlong training of new undergraduate Gallery Guides. She received her B.A. from Yale University in History of Art and her PH.D. from Stanford University, specializing in post–World War II American art and design. As an undergraduate at Yale, she was a Gallery Guide and a student curator of two exhibitions at the museum, Responding to Kahn: A Sculptural Conversation (2006–7) and What Is a Line? Drawings from the Collection (2007). Sydney has also held positions at the National Gallery of Art, in Washington, D.C., and at Stanford University’s Anderson Collection and Cantor Arts Center.

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Meet the Fellows

Amanda “Semente” Caroline de Oliveira Pereira

Amanda “Semente” Caroline de Oliveira Pereira (they/she) is the John Walsh Fellow in Museum Education. Semente (pronounced Seh Mein Chi) works on projects in public education for K–adult audiences. Originally from São Paulo, Semente received their B.A. from Brandeis University with a double major in International and Global Studies and African and African American Studies as well as a double minor in Latin American, Caribbean and Latinx Studies and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies. They hold an M.A. and Ph.D. in African and African Diaspora Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. This past year, Semente was the Graham Williford University Engagement Fellow at the university’s Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art. Semente is a 200-hour certified trauma-informed, healing-centered community yoga teacher, through Sanctuary Yoga and the Amala Foundation, and sustains an active practice in the visual arts, primarily painting and sculpture.

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Alice Matthews

Alice Matthews is the Jock Reynolds Fellow in Public Programs in the Education Department. Before joining the Gallery, Alice received a Fulbright award to carry out archival research, at the Kiki Kogelnik Foundation in Vienna, on the speculative futurisms that emerged both with and against the visual, political, and technological culture of the Space Age. In 2021 she received an M.A. from the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art, Williamstown, Massachusetts, where she also worked as a graduate research assistant to visiting scholars in the Research and Academic Program of the Clark Art Institute. At the Gallery, she continues her commitment to public-facing art history by organizing inclusive, interdisciplinary programming for New Haven’s many audiences, including long-standing community members and temporary interlocutors alike. She hails from Hamden, Connecticut.

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Danielle Raad

Danielle Raad is the Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman–Joan Whitney Payson Fellow in Academic Affairs and Outreach in the Education Department. Danielle completed a PH.D. in Anthropology and a graduate certificate in Public History from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, specializing in contemporary archaeology, ethnography, and museum studies. Previously, she earned a B.Sc. in Chemistry from Brown University, an M.A. in Chemistry from Harvard University, an M.ED. in Secondary Education from Lesley University, and an S.M. in Materials Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Danielle has taught archaeology, physics, and chemistry at both the high school and college levels and has published in a variety of subject areas including science pedagogy, archaeological materials, and cultural geography. At the Gallery, Danielle focuses on expanding curricular engagement with the collections, particularly that of STEM faculty and students.

Half-body shot of Danielle Raad in front of Kandinsky's painting Multicolored Circle.

Audrey Steinkamp

Audrey Steinkamp is the Postbaccalaureate Fellow in Student Engagement. Audrey is a recent graduate of Yale College, where she received a B.A. in English and the History of Art. As an undergraduate, Audrey reported for the Yale Daily News and was an editor for Asterisk*. She has held positions in both the Visitor Services Department and the Department of Prints and Drawings at the Gallery. In the Education Department, she supports the Gallery Guide program and engages Yale’s undergraduates by integrating the collection and related programming into their cocurricular lives.

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