Emily Doman is from Chicago Illinois, and received her bachelor’s degree in art history from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Alongside her academic pursuits in the history of art, she began working as an arts educator in local schools during her undergraduate years. After graduating from U of I she held a position at the Art Institute of Chicago in the Community Programs Division within the Museum Education Department. This was a formative time during which Emily developed curricula for offsite and onsite museum education programs and audiences. Her work in the museum and public school systems of Chicago inspired her to pursue a graduate degree in Visual and Critical Studies at California College of the Arts so as to further develop critical perspectives on these institutions of art and education. Her thesis is a continuation of her initial experiences in the field, and explores similar notions through a case study of the contemporary art exhibition 30 Americans. This exhibition presents the work of black American artists, and fits within the larger framework of ethnically specific shows. Her thesis questions the use, function and future possibilities for ethnically specific exhibitions through an analysis of 30 Americans, and proposes alternative exhibiting strategies for the work within the show.