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Pınar Üner Yılmaz

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Pınar Üner Yılmaz is a PhD candidate at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) in the Art History Department, where her area of concentration is contemporary art with a particular interest in cross-cultural curatorial studies and Istanbul Biennials. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Art Management in 2006 and Master’s degree in Art and Design in 2009 from Yildiz Technical University in Istanbul, Turkey. During her undergraduate senior year, she worked as an assistant curator for an exhibition at the Istanbul Museum of Modern Arts, and upon graduation, she was employed as a research assistant in the Art Management Department at Yildiz Technical University. In the following four years, she was an assistant curator in distinguished art centers in Istanbul. Since then, she has participated in several art events in pioneering art institutions such as Eczacibasi Virtual Museum, Istanbul Museum of Modern Arts, and Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center, which have given her the opportunity to develop insight into modern and contemporary art in Turkey. She is currently working at UIC’s contemporary art gallery, Gallery 400. Üner Yılmaz is a former recipient of Fulbright and TUBİTAK scholarships for graduate education, TEV (Turkish Education Foundation) scholarship for undergraduate education, and SAHA scholarship for Independent Curators International's Curating Now Program .