Deborah Cullen

My commitment: Connecting Columbia’s arts community with New York City

I joined Columbia in 2012 after more than 15 years at El Museo del Barrio because I wanted to be a part of this incredible new chapter in the Wallach Art Gallery’s history as we move to the Lenfest Center for the Arts on Columbia’s new Manhattanville campus.

The Wallach Art Gallery is Columbia’s premier visual arts space, presenting acclaimed exhibitions, offering dynamic programming, and producing scholarly publications. Yet the gallery has been tucked away on the 8th floor of Schermerhorn Hall, a building on Columbia’s Morningside campus. We’ve been here for 30 years, being quietly excellent, but now it’s time to stop being so quiet.

Now that we’re at Manhattanville, poised at the entryway of the new campus, we’re easier to find and I think it’s going to be so exciting for people from both the campus and the broader community to access all the programming we’re doing throughout the year. We are always free and open to everyone. We’re joining a neighborhood that is already very rich in the arts, and the idea is to make the gallery serve everyone better—an interesting and very positive challenge.


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