Julia Katarina Mchugh


Adjunct Assistant Professor of Art, Art History & Visual Studies


Julia K. McHugh, Ph.D., is the Trent A. Carmichael Curator of Academic Initiatives at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. In this position, she develops exhibitions and interdisciplinary collaborations with Duke faculty, students, and staff at the Nasher Museum of Art. She also serves as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Art History and directs the Museum Theory and Practice concentration. McHugh specializes in ancient and colonial Latin American art and earned her Ph.D. in Art History from the University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to the Nasher, she was the Douglass Foundation Fellow in American Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and a Research Assistant at the Getty Research Institute, where she assisted with the production of Golden Kingdoms: Luxury and Legacy in the Ancient Americas, a major exhibition of Pre-Columbian art. She has also held positions in the curatorial and education departments of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

MCHUGH, Julia, and Lesley Wright. Stories and Histories: Faulconer Gallery, Grinnell College, 9 March - 22 April 2007. Faulconer Gallery, Grinnell College, 2007.

MCHUGH, Julia. “For New Gods, Kings, and Markets: Luxury in the Age of Global Encounters.” Golden Kingdoms: Luxury Arts in the Ancient Americas, edited by Joanne Pillsbury et al., Getty Publications, 2017, pp. 123–29.

MCHUGH, Julia. “Review of 'Emblems in Colonial Ibero-America: To the New World on the Ship of Theseus'.” Print Quarterly, vol. 35, no. 3, Print Quarterly Publications, 2018, pp. 311–13.

MCHUGH, Julia. “‘T’ is for Cumbi Tapestries: Peruvian Textiles in the Spanish Colonial Home.” Dressing the New World: The Trade and the Culture of Clothing in the New Spanish Colonies, 1600 1800, University of Copenhagen, 2017.

MCHUGH, Julia. Adelita: Enrique Chagoya's Recast Heroine. Faulconer Gallery, Grinnell College, 2007.

Fellowships, Supported Research, & Other Grants

Douglass Foundation Fellowship awarded by Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY (2015)

Visiting Scholar Research Fellowship awarded by Fundación Ama, Santiago, Chile (2015)

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad awarded by U.S. Department of Education (2014)

Mellon Foundation Fellow in Curatorial Practice awarded by Center for Curatorial Leadership, New York, NY (2014)

Sarah Gilfillan Travel Award awarded by Fowler Museum, University of California, Los Angeles (2014)

Field Research Grant awarded by Latin American Institute, University of California, Los Angeles (2013)

Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (Quechua) awarded by U.S. Department of Education (2012)

Spring 2020

The Museum Object (ARTHIST 221S.01)
Nasher 119, W 10:20 AM-12:50 PM
The Museum Object (ARTHIST 729S.01)
Nasher 119, W 10:20 AM-12:50 PM

Fall 2019

Curatorial Practicum (ARTHIST 455S.01)
Nasher 119, Th 11:45 AM-02:15 PM

Spring 2019

Museum Theory and Practice (ARTHIST 220.01)
Nasher 121, Th 10:05 AM-12:35 PM
Museum Theory and Practice (ARTHIST 726.01)
Nasher 121, Th 10:05 AM-12:35 PM