VisArts Announces 2024 Mentoring Curator, Mehveş Lelic, and 2024 Emerging Curator, Jordan Horton

By East City Art Editorial Team on July 8, 2024

VisArts is pleased to announce our 2024 Mentoring Curator, Mehveş Lelic, and our 2024 Emerging Curator, Jordan Horton.

VisArts’ one-year Emerging Curator Program offers a unique opportunity for an emerging curator to work with an experienced mentoring curator to assist with the presentation of the mentor’s exhibition and to develop and present an exhibition, for which VisArts provides a $10,000 budget with support from the Windgate Foundation.

The emerging and mentoring curator also develop and implement public programs to enhance VisArts’ exhibition experience through social interaction, creative exchange, educational opportunities, and community engagement.

The Emerging Curator Program provides emerging curators with practical, hands-on experience at a community arts organization and supports diverse exhibitions that present a broad spectrum of ideas and curatorial approaches.

“Los Extranjeros,” curated by 2024 Mentoring Curator Mehveş Lelic, will be on view in the Kaplan Gallery from August 23-October 13. An opening celebration will be held September 6, 7-9 p.m.

An exhibition curated by 2024 Emerging Curator Jordan Horton will be on view in the Kaplan Gallery from November 15, 2024-January 19, 2025.

Mehveş Lelic, Courtesy of Mehveş Lelic

About the Mentoring Curator: Mehveş Lelic
Mehveş Lelic is an Istanbul-born artist, curator, and educator based on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. In her work, she ponders modernity and heritage, belonging, and the resulting relationship with the environment.

Lelic’s photographic work has been exhibited internationally in venues such as the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, Rotterdam Photo Festival, PhotoNOLA, Filter Photo Chicago, the Ogden Museum, Institute of Contemporary Art Baltimore, Cosmos Arles France, the Photographers’ Gallery Istanbul, and others. Her work has been published in “National Geographic,” “GEO Magazine,” “Ain’t Bad,” “Lenscratch,” “C41,” “Aesthetica,” and “Der Greif.”

Lelic has been awarded the National Geographic Expeditions Council Grant, the City of Chicago Individual Artists’ Award, the Turkish Cultural Foundation Cultural Exchange Fellowship, the Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) Conference Fellowship, and the ArtTable Faith Flanagan Fellowship.

She previously served as curator and the head of the Curatorial Department at the Academy Art Museum in Easton, Maryland and has curated and organized over 20 exhibitions, including “Spatial Reckoning: Morandi, Picasso, and Villon” (2023); Laura Letinsky: “No More Than It Should Be” (2023); Marty Two Bulls, Jr.: “Dominion” (2023); “In Praise of Shadows: Jun’ichiro Tanizaki and Modern and Contemporary Works” (2023); “Mary Cassatt: Labor and Leisure” (2023); “Fickle Mirror: Dialogues in Self-Portraiture” (2022); Jackie Milad: “Vestige” (2022); Norma Morgan: “Enchanted World” (2022); “The Movable Image: Video Art by Collis/Donadio, Shala Miller, and Rachel Schmidt” (2022); Hoesy Corona: “Terrestrial Caravan” (2022); and “On Water” (2019).

Lelic is an assistant professor of art and art history and the director of Mosely Gallery at the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore. She holds an M.F.A. from Bard College and a B.A. from the University of Chicago.

Jordan Horton, Courtesy of Williams College Museum of Art

About the Emerging Curator: Jordan Horton
Jordan Horton is a curator and scholar from Newark, New Jersey, whose scholarship largely focuses on the internet as a geographical space, with a special interest in sonic and visual aesthetics, virtual subculture, and the translation of internet-based communication systems into everyday life.

Horton completed a B.A. in art history from DePauw University in 2019 and an M.A. in art history from Williams College/Clark Art Institute in 2023. They previously served as a Mellon Curatorial Fellow at the Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA).

At WCMA, Horton assisted with exhibitions such as “Sweaty Concepts” (2021) and “Remixing the Hall” (ongoing). They have also worked with living artists for shows such as Frantz Zéphirin: “Selected Works” (2022), Beatriz Cortez: “The Portals” (2023), and “Mirrored Interiors: Films by Cecilia Aldarondo” (2023). They recently curated the exhibition “Pick Me Up, Put Me On” at the Bronx River Art Center.

Horton’s curatorial practice is centered around community and accessibility. They believe curation is an act of care for art, artists, and all who encounter it. For this reason, they believe additional exhibition programming and various forms of interpretation are critical for viewers to experience art to the fullest.

About VisArts
VisArts, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is a hub for the visual arts that engages nearly 30,000 visitors annually through contemporary art exhibitions, a studio artist program, art classes and camps, VisAbility Art Lab (a supported studio for artists with disabilities), community art programs, the annual Rockville Arts Festival, and event space. Founded in 1987, VisArts is committed to our mission of transforming individuals and communities through the visual arts.

VisArts is in Rockville Town Square, three blocks from the Rockville Metro station, at 155 Gibbs Street, Rockville, Md. Galleries are open Wednesday-Thursday/Saturday-Sunday, 12-4 p.m. and Friday, 12-8 p.m. Exhibitions are free and open to the public. Visit www.visartscenter.org or call 301.315.8200 for more information.