Joanna Robotham, 2020 FAFO Art Festival Judge

Joanna Robotham

Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Tampa Museum of Art


Joanna Robotham joined the staff of the Tampa Museum of Art as the Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art in 2016.

She previously held the Neubauer Family Foundation Assistant Curator position at the Jewish Museum in New York City, where she worked for over 10 years.

This spring, Ms. Robotham curated the exhibition Frank Stella: What You See, an intimate survey of the artist’s printmaking oeuvre. She recently curated the Fall 2019 exhibition series Ordinary/Extraordinary: Assemblage in Three Acts: Jean-Michel Basquiat, Purvis Young, and Haitian Vodou Flags. Past original curatorial projects at the Tampa Museum of Art include Vapor and Vibration: The Art of Larry Bell and Jesús Rafael Soto (2018), as well as Mernet Larsen: Getting Measured, 1957-2017 (2017), a retrospective of Mernet Larsen’s paintings.

In 2017, Ms. Robotham was part of the inaugural curatorial team for Skyway: A Contemporary Collaboration, a triennial of local artists working in the Tampa Bay area and mounted at three museums across the region.

At the Jewish Museum, she curated Becoming Jewish: Warhol’s Liz and Marilyn (2015) and organized the exhibition Masterpieces & Curiosities: Nicole Eisenman’s Seder (2015).

She received her M.A. in Curatorial Studies from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College and earned a B.A. in Art History and Political Science from the University of Washington.