Megan Rook-Koepsel focuses on Contemporary Art and Theory. More narrowly, her work focuses on the intersections of contemporary art and public space. Her MA thesis, completed in 2008 is titled “The Wrapped Reichstag and Memorial for the Murdered Jews of Europe: Some difficulties with contemporary monuments in Post-Reunification Berlin.” Her dissertation is focused on recent temporary public artworks that investigate and critique the relationship of public space to power. Megan Rook-Koepsel has a great interest in a curatorial path, and has spent much of her graduate career working towards that goal. In the summer of 2007, Megan worked as a curatorial intern at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. She worked closely with Sarah Newman, Curator of Contemporary Art. From September 2007-September 2008 she was invited to continue her work at the Corcoran on a reduced schedule as a Research Assistant. Additionally, Megan spent three years as the Graduate Assistant Coordinator for the Stamp Gallery, a small but active gallery located in the Stamp Student Union at the University of Maryland. In addition to organizing and running the gallery’s day-to-day operations, she also had the privilege of curating three exhibitions, and organizing a host of others. In 2010, Megan was awarded the John Dorsey Prize For Outstanding Curatorial Practice, an award given to a student in order to see the completion of a proposed exhibition in the Herman Maril Gallery in the Department of Art. That same year she was invited to jury and curate an exhibition for the Washington Sculptor’s Group at Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, a Smithsonian Affiliate.
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