Student Feature: Erica Taylor

February 26, 2020

Erica Taylor (BA ‘20) is a current senior whose introduction to the Art History program sparked a curiosity in “museum education and its potential to create space for members of the community activated through interpretation, discussion, and reflection.” These experiences have included internships within the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Virginia Museum of History and Culture, and most recently at The Anderson.
In the spring of 2019 Erica curated On Resistance, a contemporary art exhibition at VCU’s The Anderson. Funded by a Department of Art History Undergraduate Research Grant, the exhibition considered identity politics as a means of utilizing the body as a site of resistance and its potential to engage with radical politics. Erica’s involvement ignited “a new interest to curate and ultimately pointed [her] in the direction of interning as a Curatorial Research Assistant” within The Anderson.
For Erica, working within a smaller institution like The Anderson is “so different than any other place [she has] experienced; here, [she does] anything from working in curation to administration to art coordination and so much more.” Currently Erica is conducting general research on the permanent collection of The Anderson, which provides insight in the history of contemporary art at VCU and in Richmond. She hopes that this research could lead to an exhibition prospect, but also notes the possibility of a different direction is “one of the many beauties of places like The Anderson.” Upon graduating this May, Erica plans to continue her postgraduate studies in art history “with the intention of curating a contemporary art institution.”