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Pinar Üner Yilmaz

PhD Candidate


Pınar Üner Yılmaz studies contemporary art with a focus in global art, curatorial studies, and exhibition histories. Her dissertation focuses on the early history and emergence of Istanbul Biennials. Her research has been presented at the Inclusive Museum Conference, ‘On Curating Conference’ at the European University Cyprus, University of Sussex, Istanbul Technical University, Mimar Sinan University, and other venues. She has participated in a variety of curatorial projects in the US, Europe, and in pioneering art institutions such as Eczacibasi Virtual Museum, Istanbul Museum of Modern Arts, and Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center in Istanbul, Turkey.


She holds a BA in Art Management and MA in Art and Design from Yildiz Technical University in Istanbul, Turkey. She is a former recipient of Fulbright and TUBİTAK scholarships for graduate education, TEV (Turkish Education Foundation) scholarship for undergraduate education, SAHA scholarship for Independent Curators International's Curating Now Program, and UIC’s Provost’s Award for Dissertation Research.


PhD at University of Illinois at Chicago, Art History, Chicago (2011 - Present)
M.A. in Art and Design Program at Yildiz Technical University, Faculty of Arts and Design, Istanbul, Turkey (2006 – 2009)
B.A. in Faculty of Arts and Design, Arts Management Program at Yildiz Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey (2002 – 2006)