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Keidra Daniels Navaroli

McKnight Doctoral Fellow, Texts & Technology PhD Program, University of Central Florida

My Background

I am the former assistant director and curator of the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts at Florida Institute of Technology (Florida Tech), where I was responsible for overseeing daily operations; organizing exhibitions and exhibition-related programs; and working with other university units and public organizations to promote collaborative, interdisciplinary projects. These experiences inform my current research interests, which are focused on the intersections of art and technology for communities of color – specifically the role of immersive experiences in decentering curatorial authority and elevating participatory practice. 

I received my M.A. in the History and Criticism of Art from Florida State University (B.A. in Art History from the University of Florida); completed internships with the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Sotheby’s Auction House in New York; and am an alumna of the Museum Leadership Institute’s NextGen Program. Recently, I was selected as a Constellation Leader for POLARIS: The Museum Mentor Network and currently serve on the boards for the Association of Academic Museums and Galleries and the Surface Design Association.

Current Projects

Coauthor, This is America: Re-viewing the Art of the United States. This forthcoming Oxford University Press publication is written with Dr. Keri Watson, Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Central Florida and Executive Editor for Panorama: Journal of the Association of Historians of American Art. The discipline of art history teaches that art fundamentally shapes our understanding of the world around us. To date, however, few survey textbooks of American art have challenged the hierarchical narratives that marginalize diverse makers, scholarship, and media. This is America offers a response and a corrective, focusing on the nation’s cultural hybridity and encouraging a re-viewing of American art that will change the way you see the world. Learn more about our award-winning research project here!

Guest Curator, Sarasota Art Museum, Ringling College of Art and Design. This upcoming 2023 exhibition project will showcase the art of renowned multidisciplinary artist Chakaia Booker. Booker's work in sculpture, textiles, and print explores the complexities of environmentalism and socioeconomic justice, among other critically important themes. Details forthcoming!

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