Keidra Daniels Navaroli is a McKnight Doctoral Fellow in the Texts and Technology PhD Program at the University of Central Florida. She was the former assistant director and curator of the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts at Florida Institute of Technology (Florida Tech), where she was responsible for overseeing daily operations; organizing exhibitions and exhibition-related programs; and working with other university units and public organizations to promote collaborative, interdisciplinary projects. Her research focuses on addressing how textiles – a familiar, yet dynamic medium – can be utilized to question cultural divisions, foster intergenerational dialogue, and enhance the understanding of traditionally-underrepresented communities. She received her M.A. in the History and Criticism of Art from Florida State University (B.A. in Art History from the University of Florida) and completed internships with the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Sotheby’s Auction House in New York. Recently, she was selected as a Constellation Leader for POLARIS: The Museum Mentor Network and is currently serving as guest editor for Surface Design Journal’s 2021 International Exhibition in Print.
Navaroli joins the board in summer of 2021 as a two-year term at-large member.