Nenette Luarca-Shoaf is currently a fellow at the McNeil Center for Early American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. She received a BA in art history from the University of Southern California and an MA in the humanities from the University
of Chicago. After serving as the 2000–2001 Romare Bearden Fellow, she worked as an education lecturer for adult audiences and liaison to colleges and universities at the Art Institute of Chicago for four years. She is completing her dissertation entitled, "The Mississippi River in Antebellum Visual Culture" at the University of Delaware. In support of her research, she has received additional fellowships from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, American Antiquarian Society, and the Center for Material Culture Studies at the University of Delaware, and was the 2010–11 Barra Curatorial Fellow at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Beginning this fall, Luarca-Shoaf will serve as guest curator for an exhibition on 19th-century painter George Caleb Bingham. The exhibition will open at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, Texas, in the fall of 2014 before traveling to the
Saint Louis Art Museum.