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Grace Aneiza Ali

Published August 25, 2021


Assistant Professor
Department of Art                                            Cirriculum Vitae

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Grace Aneiza Ali is a Curator and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art and Department of Art History’s Museum and Cultural Heritage Studies Program in the College of Fine Arts, Florida State University. She is also affiliated faculty with the Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS) Center. Professor Ali serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the College Art Associations’ Art Journal Open.

As a curator-scholar of contemporary art of the Global South, her curatorial research practice examines the conceptual links and slippages at the nexus of art and migration, focusing on art of the Caribbean Diaspora with particular attention to her homeland Guyana. Her book, Liminal Spaces: Migration and Women of the Guyanese Diaspora explores the art and migration narratives of women of Guyanese heritage. Her essays on contemporary art have been published in Arts, Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas, Wasafiri, Transition Magazine (Harvard University), Small Axe, and Nueva Luz Photographic Journal, among others.

She recently completed a tenure as Curator-at-Large for the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute in New York, where her work was selected for ARTNews ‘The 2022 Deciders’ recognizing those “contributing to the cultural conversation in a pointed way—and moving the conversation forward.” She currently serves on the Board of Advisors for the not-profit arts organization, Art at a Time Like This, which supports artists and curators in the 21st century presenting art in direct response to pressing global issues and on the Academic Advisory Board for The Journal of Indentureship and Its Legacies, a peer-reviewed publication centering the study of indentureship and its importance to world history.

Professor Ali is the recipient of several awards and fellowships that have generously supported her research and scholarship, including a Fulbright Fellowship, Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Curatorial Fellowship, NYU Provost Fellowship, Association of Art Museum Curators Professional Alliance of Curators of Color Fellowship, and Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art Grant. Her curatorial projects and scholarship have been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Hyperallergic, ArtNews, Wasafiri, Contemporary &, Ms. Magazine and GOOD Magazine, among others.


  • Master of Arts, Africana Studies, New York University, 2008
  • Bachelor of Arts, English Literature, University of Maryland, College Park, 2003, magna cum laude

Research & Teaching  Areas of Interests & Expertise

  • Curatorial Studies
  • Curatorial Activism & Arts Activism
  • Museum and Cultural Studies
  • Art and Migration
  • Art of the Caribbean Diaspora.
  • Contemporary Art of the Global South