Photo: Claire Britt


Shannon Stratton is the Guest Curator for the Spring 2017 Design Show thesis exhibition. She is the William and Mildred Ladson Chief Curator at the Museum of Art and Design, New York where she oversees the museum’s diverse exhibition program, and collections, fosters relationships with artists and designers, and develops new strategies to engage contemporary audiences. Stratton joined MAD after twelve years as founder and executive director of Threewalls, a Chicago-based contemporary arts organization. Stratton is also an independent curator and researcher, and has been a critical studies fellow at The Cranbrook Academy Art (2012); a fellow of the NAMAC Visual Arts Leadership Institute (2011); a “Chicagoan of the year” in the arts, Chicago Tribune (2011); and one of the top five most vital people in Chicago’s visual arts scene, New City (2010).


Graduate Curatorial Assistants: 

Zoe Carlson (MA Art History, Theory and Criticism, 2017)

Katie Cato (MA Art History, Theory and Criticism, 2018)

Asha Veal Brisebois (MA Arts Administration and Policy, 2017)