Megan Koza Mitchell
Megan Koza Mitchell is Director of Operations for Prospect New Orleans and an independent scholar and critic. She is ABD from the University of Kansas and has both a MA in art history and a BFA in Photography and Graphic Design from the University of Alabama. Koza Mitchell has served as the director of the Dishman Art Museum in Beaumont, Texas, a small academic museum, where in the two years she was there she curated over 15 exhibitions. Koza Mitchell has written extensively for several exhibition catalogues and for several online contemporary art criticism outlets. Her research focuses on the function of contemporary art in the reformation of identity in the wake of trauma, specifically in regard to the use of art in public space. Koza Mitchell is particularly interested in the way visual interpretations of trauma can create or recreate collective cultural identity in the wake of catastrophe as well as the social and cultural ramifications of public art.