Sara Blaylock, Co-Director (2017 - present)

Marija Katalinić, Co-Director (2017 - present)


Michael Ann Holly, President (2010 - 2016)

Mark Little, Treasurer and Co-Founder (2010 - 2016)

Nicholas Mirzoeff, Deputy Director and Co-Founder (2010 - 2016; 2012 conference convener)

Marquard Smith, Director and Co-Founder (2010 - 2016)


Giuliana Bruno (Harvard University)

Tina Campt (Barnard College)

Lisa Cartwright (University of California - San Diego)

Jill Casid (University of Wisconsin - Madison)

Inés Dussel (Cinvestav)

Jennifer A. González (University of California - Santa Cruz, 2014 conference convener)

Irfan Hošić (University of Bihać)

Abdellah Karroum (Mathaf: Arab Museum of Art)

W.J.T. Mitchell (University of Chicago)

Joanne Morra (Central Saint Martins)

Almira Ousmanova (European Humanities University)

Griselda Pollock (University of Leeds)

Amanda du Preez (University of Pretoria)

Raqs Media Collective

Boris Ruzic (University of Rijeka)

Lisa Saltzman (Bryn Mawr College)

Marquard Smith (University College London)

Dominic Willsdon (Institute for Contemporary Art — Virginia Commonwealth University, 2014 conference convener)


We are currently looking for new leadership! Please be in touch.

Sara Blaylock (2012 - 2016)

Marija Katalinic (2012 - 2016)

Stephanie Sherman (2014 - 2016)

Nina Trivedi (2014 - 2016)

Portia Ungley (2012 - 2014)

The Grad Forum generates opportunities for graduate students to engage the field of visual culture. We encourage the work of emerging scholars by building relationships between students and hosting professional outlets for the creation and presentation of creative and scholarly work. Activities include, but are not limited to: a contact network, advocacy for grad student research and initiatives, participation in IAVC conferences, presence on the IAVC website, and hosting co-productive and/or social events.

The Grad Forum charts the emerging areas of visual culture–exploring new methods, practices, and theories, alongside historical/disciplinary precedents. The Grad Forum seeks to expand the field of Visual Culture Studies for future professional work and recognition, meanwhile advancing a more interdisciplinary academic and artistic culture through transnational and transdisciplinary exchanges.