Jillian Nakornthap

Statue of a lion
Exhibitions and Public Programming Associate
Director's Suite
Flagg Building
500 17th Street NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20006
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Jillian Nakornthap received her BA in Art History from University of California, Irvine and a MA in Exhibition Design from California State University, Fullerton. During graduate school, Jillian and a few colleagues formed a curatorial collective called Sixpack Projects which laid the foundation for her professional practice. In the past, Nakornthap has worked at 601 Tully, Community Folk Art Center, Bakersfield Museum of Art and the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, CA. Her past curated exhibitions include Nourish: An Exploration of ConsumptionGive & Take: The Currency of Culture, Corporeal Contours, Mini Size Me: A Monumental Critique of Today’s Handheld SocietySopa de Gabi and Embracing Ambiguity: Faces of the Future. Nakornthap has also served as the exhibition coordinator for Spiked: The Unpublished Political CartoonsWe Hold These Truths to be Self Evident: A Mural and Billboard by Zoe Buckman and Natalie Frank, Decolonizing Alaska, Push Factors: Perspectives on Guatemalan Migration, and De La Mano: Print-Based Work from La Mano Press and La Mano Gráficas.  At the Corcoran, she was the artist liaison for Mel Chin and Joseph Kunkel. In addition, she has lead multiple public programming initiatives including the inaugural GW Arts Walk, At the Intersection of Yoga and Graffitit: A Yoga Session and Conversation with Joerael ElliottKids in Residence, and Dark Girls: A Celebration of Black Girlhood Community Workshop Series. Most recently, she led a roundtable discussion at the Association of Academic Museums and Galleries conference titled Meeting Them Where They Are: Engaging Students through Exhibitions and Programming in Communal Spaces.