Diala Toure, Adjunct Faculty
Diala Toure is a curator, an art historian and an independent appraiser specializing in African art. During her tenure as curator of collections at the James E. Lewis Museum of Art in Baltimore, Dr. Toure has designed an acclaimed program of exhibitions exploring issues fundamental to the appreciation of African art and African diasporic art. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Toure has held teaching appointments at elite universities (the University of Pennsylvania, Bryn Mawr College, the University of California at Berkeley, the University of San Francisco and the University of Minnesota). Dr. Toure has served as a senior art consultant to world-class institutions (the Barnes Foundation, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archeology and Anthropology).
Born in Paris into a family of renowned art dealers and collectors, Dr. Toure holds a Doctorate in History of Art from the University of Paris I (Pantheon-Sorbonne), a Master of Art in History of Art from the University of Paris I (Pantheon-Sorbonne), and a certificate in Appraisal Studies from SUNY Purchase College in New York. Dr. Toure authored a book, numerous articles and exhibition catalogs about African Art and African Diasporic Art. In 2015, Dr. Toure designed a much-acclaimed webinar presentation for the American Association of Appraisers.
Dr. Toure has given public lectures at several institutions such as: Princeton University, Macalaster College, Johns Hopkins University, and the Detroit Institute of Art and has served as a reviewer at the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities in Washington, DC.
She is a member of several professional organizations (Association of Art Museum Curators, American Alliance of Museums, American Society of Appraisers, The Arts Council of the African Studies Association and Art Table).