Jen Mergel is a Boston-born-and-based contemporary arts leader who has organized more than 50 exhibitions for museum, academic and public audiences. Her recent roles include Workshop Leader for Voices in Contemporary Art (VoCA), Guest Editor-At-Large for Boston Art Review Magazine: The Public Art Issue, Curator of the Platform section of The Armory Show in New York, and Guest Curator of the citywide exhibition Fog x FLO: Fujiko Nakaya on the Emerald Necklace. From 2010-2017, Mergel was Senior Curator of Contemporary Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), where she was also Interim Chair of the Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art. Her prior curatorial roles have been at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, Addison Gallery at Phillips Academy, Hessel Museum at Bard College, and Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College, among other venues. Mergel graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University, received her M.A. from Bard’s Center for Curatorial Studies, is a 2017 Fellow of the Center for Curatorial Leadership, and continues her studies through the Racial Equity Institute. She is Founding Director of the Curatorial Network Accelerator of Boston. She is a firm believer in the power of dialogue to build learning, appreciation and shared community in the arts.
“SJA’s Summer Symposium will be an exciting forum to co-create new cultures of safe space—for learning, for expressing and for connecting. I cannot wait to learn from fellow panelists and attendees. ”