Storytelling is at the core of Kimberly Henderson’s professional work in arts programming, curatorial and operational roles. Prior to now, she was the Associate Director of a contemporary art gallery in New York City’s Chelsea arts district. And, as an art writer, she has contributed to various arts publications including Gallery GurlsNY-ARTNews and The Art Story, among others.

After spending years researching her genealogy and discovering a unique personal family history, she was inspired to start the instagram-based curatorial project entitled, Emaline and Them; which presents vintage portraiture of African American life from the late 1800s and early 1900s. The project honors her paternal ancestors, most of whom disappear into the anonymity of enslavement before the 1860s. Their journey is in stark contrast to that of her maternal ancestors, whose lives can be traced back to the Revolutionary War. These genealogical discoveries inform every aspect of her current work.

She is currently enrolled in a graduate program to further her curatorial pursuits in art, archives, and special collections.

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