Deborah Cullen-Morales is a program officer in the Arts and Cultural Heritage program, with responsibility for work in the visual arts sector including conservation/preservation, museums, contemporary arts centers, and other cultural and higher education institutions. Before joining the Foundation, she served as executive director of The Bronx Museum of the Arts; director and chief curator of The Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University; director of curatorial programs at El Museo del Barrio; and curator of the print collection at Robert Blackburn's Printmaking Workshop.
Ms. Cullen-Morales focuses on Latinx, Caribbean, and African American modern and contemporary art. She received her PhD from CUNY Graduate Center for her 2002 dissertation, Robert Blackburn, American Printmaker. She is an executor for the Trust for Robert Blackburn, working in collaboration with The Elizabeth Foundation for the Art's Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop. She has also overseen two international print exhibitions: The Hive: The Third Poligraphic Trienal of San Juan (Puerto Rico, 2012) and Interruption: The 30th Biennial of Graphic Arts (Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2013).
Ms. Cullen-Morales has curated numerous exhibitions, notably Arte ≠ Vida: Actions by Artists of the Americas, 1960–2000 (2008) at El Museo del Barrio. She has authored texts for retrospective exhibitions on Blackburn and others including Laura Aguilar, ASCO, Rafael Ferrer, and Marisol. She has stewarded several major, long-term exhibitions, including Denise Murrell's Posing Modernity: The Black Model from Manet to Matisse to Today (2018) at The Wallach, and Caribbean: Crossroads of the World (2012) at El Museo, the Queens Museum, and the Studio Museum in Harlem. At The Wallach in 2017, she founded the Uptown Triennial, bringing together twelve northern Manhattan institutions, and at El Museo del Barrio in 1999, she co-founded that institution's contemporary art biennial.
Ms. Cullen-Morales has been a research scholar at the Chicano Studies Research Center, UCLA; a fellow at the Center for Curatorial Leadership; a recipient of a J. Paul Getty Curatorial Research Fellowship; and a Faith Ringgold "Anyone Can Fly" Foundation Professional Scholars Grant, among others. She has also long served on the board of the Institute of Cultural Inquiry, Los Angeles, where she is committed particularly to its press and its ongoing projects focused on the AIDS pandemic.