BAIA Talks: Kimberly Camp on mentorship and pursuing a career in arts administration. (Interviewed by Faron Manuel)

In 1998, Kimberly Camp became the first president and CEO in the history of The Barnes Foundation. Based in Merion, Pennsylvania, the Barnes Foundation houses an extraordinary number of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterpieces including 181 works by Renoir, 69 by Cézanne, and 60 by Matisse, as well as masterworks by Picasso, Modigliani, Monet, Manet, Degas, and others. The history of the Foundation, however, has been plagued by urban myths, rumors and controversy. In this lecture, Kimberly Camp focuses on the true history of The Barnes Foundation and its founder, Dr. Albert Barnes, based on her research of The Foundation´s archives, oral histories and the continuing controversies she survived during her seven years of service.

Faron Manuel is the coordinator of the Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship and the Mellon Graduate Fellowship in Object-Centered Curatorial Research at the High Museum of Art. Prior to joining the High Museum, he was the Special Projects Curatorial Assistant to the director of the Clark Atlanta University Art Museum.

Faron also served as the former Assistant Editor at Black Art In America, where he interviewed Prominent African American artists and reported extensively about contemporary art and culture. He holds a B.A. in History from Clark Atlanta University. Before obtaining his degree he worked as a docent and student Assistant in the CAU Art Museum, earned several awards and fellowships in the arts, and curated Négritude, an exhibition that explored a French literary and philosophical movement within the African diaspora.