Terah Walkup is curator of art at The Box where she oversees the fine and decorative art collections, develops exhibitions and supports art collection displays. As curator, she is responsible for the care, display, documentation and management of the museum’s art collection. Her first professional role in museums was in museum and art education, which informs her curatorial approach to interpretation, documentation and gallery teaching. She makes collections accessible for research and reimagining, interpretation and inspiration and connecting the stories represented by collections to contemporary audiences, their lived experiences and hopes for the future. She is passionate about reframing narratives, introducing new frameworks to collection interpretation, documenting collective and informal knowledge about object histories, and bringing underrepresented artists and their stories to the fore. She recently curatedReframing Reynolds: A Celebration (2023), an anniversary exhibition of Sir Joshua Reynolds (2023),Making a Mark: Dazzling Drawings from the Cottonian Collection, People and Place: Art Collections Showcase (2023-2024), which includes the museum’s first display solely dedicated to women artists from the collection andDress Code: Fashion Stories from The Box (2022)—the institution’s first exhibition showcasing its extensive historic garment collection. Her research interests include ceramics, textile and clothing history and the history of art, collections and museums through an intersectional feminist lens.
Originally from Texas, she has been involved in museum redevelopment projects in the US and UK having previously served in engagement and curatorial roles at the Art Institute of Chicago. She earned a MA in Art History from Northwestern University (Chicago, Illinois) and a BA in Art History from the University of Texas at Austin (Austin, Texas).