Jan Howard was appointed curator of prints, drawings, and photographs at the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in 2000. Prior to her position at RISD, she was a curator for 14 years as a curator in the department of prints, drawings, and photographs at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Her exhibitions have primarily focused on modern and contemporary art, including Made in the UK: Contemporary Art from the Richard Brown Baker Collection (2011); Pat Steir: Drawing Out of Line (2009); Interior Drama: Aaron Siskind’s Photographs of the 1940s (2003); Roy DeCarava: Photographs from the Collection (2002); Adrian Piper: Food for the Spirit (2001); Laurie Simmons: The Music of Regret (1997); Roni Horn: Inner Geography (1994); and the series Drawing Now (1987–89), which included shows for the artists Mel Bochner, Ellen Phelan, and Susan Rothenberg, among others. She is currently working on an exhibition and publication on the early work of Shahzia Sikander.
CHIEF CURATOR & CURATOR OF PRINTS, DRAWINGS & PHOTOGRAPHS, RISD MUSEUM, PROVIDENCE, RI