News Release

ICA Announces 2017-2018 Fellows

December 7, 2017

The Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania is pleased to announce the appointment of Gina DeCagna as the rst Van Doren Engagement Fellow and Tausif Noor as the newest Spiegel-Wilks Fellow.

The Van Doren Engagement Fellow, a new position this year, works within both the ICA and the Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing at the University of Pennsylvania. The Fellow will implement collaborative interdisciplinary projects for students between the two organizations as well as on new initiatives to increase student access and involvement. The Spiegel-Wilks Fellow implements interdisciplinary programming for Penn and general Philadelphia audiences in order to expand engagement with contemporary culture and visual arts at the University of Pennsylvania. This position initiates and supports dynamic programming for the Penn community.

Gina DeCagna is the Van Doren Engagement Fellow at ICA. She has worked in a variety of editorial capacities on publications, most recently on national bestselling books for HarperCollins Publishers, including the William Morrow, Ecco, Dey Street, and Harper Design imprints; national magazines for Meredith Corporation; and niche cultural magazines including The Paris Review archives via the Morgan Library & Museum, Jacket2 via the Kelly Writers House, and Glass Quarterly via UrbanGlass in Brooklyn, New York.

From 2012 to 2016, she served as the Founder, Editor-in-Chief, and Executive Director of Symbiosis, an experimental arts community sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania that produced an annual magazine and gallery exhibition dedicated to the interrelationship of the visual and literary arts; it engaged hundreds of students and practicing artists and writers through curated collaborations and workshops.

Tausif Noor is the Spiegel-Wilks Curatorial Fellow at ICA. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College, where he studied art history, and Goldsmiths, University of London, where he received his MA in Art and Politics. From 2014-15, he was a Fulbright Scholar in India, where he worked with organizations such as the Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art and assisted at the 2014 Kochi-Muziris Biennale. Noor previously held internships at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Imperial War Museum in London, and the UK- based not-for-pro t agency Culture+Con ict. He is a contributing editor at Momus, and his writing has appeared in Artforum, Art Asia Paci c, and Frieze, among other publications.