Meet Mora J Beauchamp-Byrd
Visiting Assistant Professor, Art and Design
Phone: (813) 257-3175
Address: 401 W. Kennedy Blvd. Tampa, FL 33606
1990 New York University, B.A.
1998 New York University, M.A.
1999 Columbia University, M.A.
2011 Duke University, Ph.D.
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History of Graphic Design
Introduction to Museum Studies
Museum Practicum I, II and III
Mora J. Beauchamp-Byrd is an art historian, curator and arts administrator. Her research is focused on American art; modern and contemporary art, including contemporary British art with a focus on British artists of African, Asian and Caribbean descent; the art of the African diaspora; museum and curatorial studies; 18th-century British art (with emphasis on William Hogarth’s graphic narratives), and studies of the representation of race, class and gender in American comics.
Beauchamp-Byrd is currently completing a manuscript that examines late 20th-century appropriations of William Hogarth’s work by Lubaina Himid, David Hockney, Paula Rego and others.
She has had a wealth of curatorial and administrative experience at numerous cultural institutions including The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA, where she served as assistant director for Mellon Initiatives in the Research and Academic Program (RAP); the Amistad Research Center at Tulane University in New Orleans, where she was director and curator of the Visual Arts Department; The Caribbean Cultural Center in New York, where she was curator and director of Special Projects; the New Orleans African American Museum of Art, Culture and History (NOAAM), where she served as interim executive director; the Bronx Museum of the Arts; The Studio Museum in Harlem (NY); the Museum of the City of New York; and The Drawing Center (NY).
Beauchamp-Byrd has served as curator of numerous exhibitions, including Transforming the Crown: African, Asian and Caribbean Artists in Britain, 1966-1996 (on view at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, the Caribbean Cultural Center and the Studio Museum in Harlem from October 1997 through March 1998); Struggle and Serenity: The Visionary Art of Elizabeth Catlett; Picturing Creole New Orleans: The Photographs of Arthur P. Bedou; and Little Nemo’s Progress: Contemporary Art and Animation.
Since 2020, Beauchamp-Byrd has been a member of the Board of Directors of the College Art Association (CAA), where she serves as vice president for publications.