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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 academic museum practice, digital technologies, and underrepresented communities. 

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 (Getty) Leadership Institute’s NextGen Program. My award winning-curatorial work has been featured in Forbes, Culture Type, and numerous media outlets. Currently, I serve on the boards for the Association of Academic Museums and Galleries and the Surface Design Association, as well as the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee of the Textile Society of America

Access my brief resume here or full CV here

Current Projects

Coauthor, This is America: Re-viewing the Art of the United States. This Oxford University Press publication, written with Keri Watson, has been awarded the 2024 Textbook and Academic Authors Association's "Most Promising New Textbook" Award.  


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. OUT NOW! Learn more here!

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