2017 President’s Award Awardee
Aaron Bryant is curator of photography and visual culture at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Prior to the Smithsonian, Bryant was curator for the art collection and museum at Morgan State University. Additionally, he has curated and developed intellectual content for exhibitions at the National Electronics Museum, as well as the National Institutes of Health and Library of Medicine in the U.S.
Bryant has presented research at Harvard, the British Museum, Johns Hopkins, Duke, the University of Cambridge and Oxford, with research also appearing in various publications, ranging from academic journals to anthologies in politics, cultural history, performance studies and visual art.
His honors include fellowships and research grants from the Lyndon Johnson Presidential Library, the New York Public Library, the Maryland Historical Society, the University of Maryland, the Smithsonian Institution, the American Association of Museums, the African American Museum Association and the Organization of American Historians and Immigration and Ethnic History Society. Bryant also received the Chesapeake American Studies Writing Award and the Gertrude Johnson Williams Literary Prize. In 2014, he was appointed a fellow with the Royal Anthropological Institute for his research in visual anthropology and social movement analyses.
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