Jean A. Nihoul

Curatorial Associate, Museum of Food and Drink


Peasant Wedding, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, 1567, Oil on Panel, 124cm x 164cm, Kunsthistorisches Museum

Curriculum Vitae

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Jean A. Nihoul








2014               M.A.

Art History




University of Connecticut



Master’s Thesis: ‘De Gustibus non est Disputandem:’ the Culinary Arts, Ferran Adrià, and Documenta 12



Committee advisors: Dr. Anne D’Alleva, Dr. Lewis Gordon, Dr. Priscilla McCutcheon, Dr. Margo Machida






Major: French, Minor: Art History



Franklin & Marshall College (Dean’s List)



Research Interests:

Modern Art, Culinary Deconstruction, Gastronomy, Nouvelle and Modernist-Cuisines, Gustatory Aesthetics



Professional Experience:




2017- Present

Curatorial Associate, Museum of Food and Drink, Brooklyn, New York City. Assisting

with exhibition and collections research, in charge of creating collections catalogue as well as redesigning collections management policies, manage content found on both Facebook and Instagram. Managed a team of three and redesigned the MOFAD City site as well as added new content


Adjunct Professor, Department of Art and Art History, University of Connecticut, Storrs.


Instructor of record for ARTH 3510W, History of Modern Art, and ARTH 1136, Introduction to Art History: 15th Century to Present Day. Responsible for grading and structuring classes of 18-90 students, creating lesson plans, hold weekly office hours, as well as organizing and creating syllabus with a strong emphasis on academic research and writing skills




Assistant Curator & Academic Project Coordinator, William Benton Museum of Art,


University of Connecticut, Storrs. Coordinate communications between museum and other academic departments. Draft exhibition proposals, write wall labels, secure works from artists and galleries for shows, as well as give tours to university classes and potential donors. Responsible for creating architecture tour for docent program that focuses on architectural terminology and historical styles around campus, trained the docents to successfully offer this tour to museum visitors




Interim Preparator and Installer, William Benton Museum of Art, University of 

Connecticut, Storrs. Responsible for museum upkeep and general handyman maintenance, as well as installing and de-installing exhibitions, including preparation work, packing art, object handling and mounting, wall construction, and lighting


Adjunct Professor, Department of Art and Art History, University of Connecticut, Storrs.


Instructor of record for ARTH 3510, History of Modern Art, Fall Semester. Responsible for grading and structuring the class of 20 students, creating lesson plans, as well as organizing and creating syllabus and exams




Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Western Art History I and Introduction to


Architecture, Art and Art History Department, University of Connecticut, Storrs. Managed two discussion sections of approximately 40 students, prepare and deliver weekly lectures, assist in syllabus planning, hold weekly office hours, responsible for grading all material




Intern- Research Assistant (Summer), Raymond Learsy and Melva Bucksbaum


Collection at the Granary, Sharon, CT. Researched artist bios for exhibition. General assistance with collection management, inventory, cataloging, registration, and art handling. Researched and wrote paper on mid-century artists’ books




Server (Summer) Raymi, New York City




Intern- Exhibitions Assistant, C 24 Gallery, New York City. Assisted in exhibition design


and installation, drafted wall labels and press releases, responsible for management of social media




Line Cook (Summer), The Breslin, New York City




Administrative Assistant, Internal Medicine Associates, Bedminster, NJ




Sous-Chef, Agua Dulce, New York City. Assisted chef in menu planning and conception

of special dishes, hired and trained new staff, managed kitchen, kept inventory of equipment and food stocks




Intern- Exhibition’s Assistant (Spring), Phillip’s Museum of Art, Franklin & Marshall


College, Lancaster, PA. Designed, curated, and installed ‘Cabinets of Curiosities’ exhibition, also produced related press release and wall labels




Translator (Spring), Government Department, Franklin & Marshall College. Assisted in translating life-stories of immigrants seeking political asylum for use in federal court




Garde Manger (Fall), Iron Hill Brewery, Lancaster, PA




Line Cook (Summer, Winter), Resto, New York City








Graduate Fellowship, University of Connecticut




2017 “Review of Anne E. Dawson’s Rare Light: J. Alden Weir in Windham, Connecticut, 1882-1919,” Connecticut History Review (Spring)

Conferences, Symposium, & Panel Discussion:




Southeastern College Art Conference, Blacksburg, VA

Panel Co-Chairperson: Feeding the World: Visualizing Agriculture’s Mark on the Land”


American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Denver, CO


Paper: Dan Barber & the Lost Flavor of Wheat


Panel: Chefs, Cuisine, and Convergence




Contemporary Art Gallery, University of Connecticut, Storrs


Panel: Food for Thought




Mid America College Art Association Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX


Paper: “Disputing Taste: Documenta 12, Ferran Adrià, and the Culinary Arts”


Panel: At the Intersection of Food & Art




Southeastern College Art Conference, Sarasota, FL


Paper: “The Art of Modernist Cuisine”


Panel: Contemporary Art Open Session




Art History Graduate Symposium, University of Connecticut, Storrs


Paper: “Disputing Taste: Documenta 12, Ferran Adrià, and the Culinary Arts”



Guest Lectures:




University of Connecticut, Storrs

“The Art of Nursing”


University of Connecticut, Storrs

Curatorial Practices

University of Connecticut, Storrs


“Emerging Scholar: Life after Graduation”



University of Connecticut, Storrs


“Art, Life, and the Dissolution of Boundaries: Food as Art”







2017 Feasts+Festivals
November 6, 2017-February 8, 2018
Curatorial Assistant
Museum of Food and Drink
2016 Visual AIDS
September 1-October 16
William Benton Museum of Art

Guerrilla Girls: Art, Activism, and the F’ Word

March 24- May 22


William Benton Museum of Art


Remembering the Vietnam War


April 14-August 9



William Benton Museum of Art




In the Paint: Basketball in Contemporary Art


January 23-March 29



William Benton Museum of Art




Sweet Sensations: Inspired by UConn Reads’ ‘The Omnivore’s Dilemma’


January 23-March 29



William Benton Museum of Art








Chief Financial Officer, Graduate Art History Society, University of Connecticut.


Responsible for financial and budgeting aspects of the organization




Steward, Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity, Franklin & Marshall College. Responsible for kitchen


management, duties included budgeting, hiring, ordering supplies, cooking, general organization and maintenance of space








Strategies for Increasing Student Participation in Class and Facilitating Effective


Discussions, Institute of Teaching and Learning, University of Connecticut



Professional Affiliations:



Mid-America College Art Association




Southeastern College Art Association




Association for the Study of Food and Society

Languages and Other Skills:





French: fluent speaking and reading knowledge




Spanish: advanced speaking, capable reading knowledge








Available upon request