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Creative Campus Advisory Council

The Curb Center is a valuable resource for all students, faculty and staff. We encourage everyone on our campus and in our neighborhood communities to become involved in creative practices designed to increase cultural empathy and foster civic and public engagement. To achieve this goal Curb creates, sponsors, and supports immersive arts and cultural experiences aimed at enriching the lives of our Vanderbilt University community and beyond.

In 2020, the Curb Creative Campus Advisory Council was formed so that we could plan and deliver these experiences in a cohesive and targeted manner with the other campus creative entities who share in our vision of arts-focused exploration, engagement, and experience.  In its first year, the Advisory Council includes 7 acting members and 3 ex-officio members who will meet each semester to discuss plans for artistic and cultural engagement opportunities at the center, on campus and in the Nashville community.


  • Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons
    Professor of Fine Arts
    Cornelius Vanderbilt Endowed Chair of Fine Arts, Drawing, Performance,
  • Dwayne Elliot
    Director, Arts and Campus Events 
  • Leah Lowe
    Director, Curb Center for Art, Enterprise & Public Policy
    Associate Professor, Theatre Directing & Dramaturgy
  • Elizabeth Meadows
    Associate Director, Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities
    Senior Lecturer, Department of English
    Faculty Head of House, East House
  • Dana Nelson
    Gertrude Conaway Professor of English and American Studies
    Chair, English
  • Alice Randall
    Andrew W. Mellon Chair in the Humanities
    Writer in Residence, African American & Diaspora Studies
  • Johnathan Rattner
    Associate Professor, Cinema & Media Arts and Art
    Director of Undergraduate Studies, Cinema & Media Arts


  • Jay Clayton
    William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of English
  • Lisa Monteggia (2020-2022)
    Barlow Family Director of the Vanderbilt Brain Institute
    Professor, Pharmacology
    Professor, Psychology
    Professor, Psychiatry
  • Douglas Schmidt (2020-2023)
    Associate Provost. Research and Development and Technologies
    Co-Director, Data Science Institute
    Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Engineering
    Professor, Computer Science
    Professor, Computer Engineering

Le Conte Trail
Marcie Kindred

Photography (2020)
The Art of Healing Exposition