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Diala Toure, Ph.D.
(215) 827-7554


  • Expertise in African fine art and cultural property.
  • Great understanding/experience of the art market.
  • Successful art advisory and consulting experience with private collectors and museums.
  • Extensive curatorial and collection management experience.
  • Global project management experience.
  • Public lectures on art, architecture and the protection of local cultural heritage.
  • Production of scholarly reports, articles and a book.
  • Broad teaching repertoire.
  • Ability to organize training sessions and seminars.
  • Ability to build effective, long lasting relationships with both direct clients and brokers.
  • Great negotiation, communication and leadership skills.
  • Native French speaker and fluent in Italian and Spanish.

Consulting and Art Advisory, San Francisco & Philadelphia
Senior Consultant and art advisor, 2005 - present
  • Research and source artworks for international collectors
  • Appraise artworks
  • Make sound recommendations for buying/selling artworks
  • Establish contacts with museums for loans
  • Place bids at auctions on behalf of my clients
The Barnes Foundation, Merion, PA
Senior Consultant to the Director of Education, September 2010 - Present
  • Interpret artworks and elements of material culture.
  • Conduct docents' training about the Barnes' collection.
Norristown School District, Norristown, PA
Senior Consultant, May 2010
  • Successfully organized and leaded an art teachers' workshop about teaching non-Western art to K-12 students.
University of Pennsylvania - Museum of Archeology and Anthropology, Philadelphia, PA
Senior Advisor to the Museum Director, April 2008 - 2010
  • Advised Director of the University Museum for the management, interpretation, preservation and curation of cultural property part of the Museum collections.
  • Organized information and provide clear, concise and thorough findings and/or assessments.
  • Participate in planning and lead sessions about the configuration of the new African gallery.
Bryn Mawr College - Special Collections, Bryn Mawr, PA
Senior Advisor to the Special Collections Curator, August 2008 - Present
  • Assisted in the conception, planning and design of interpretive material for the exhibition "Worlds to Discover: 125 Years of Collections at Bryn Mawr College" addressing world cultural and artistic traditions represented in the Bryn Mawr Special Collections.
  • Gather and analyze data for identification, evaluation and interpretation of cultural objects.
  • Participate in outreach programs by conducting public lectures, presentations and seminars about Bryn Mawr Special Collections.
  • Organize the inventory and interpretation of the African artifacts collection.
  • Select and research African cultural objects for College publications and exhibitions.
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
Senior Consultant, January 2005 - 2007
  • Interpreted artifacts from the African art collection.
  • Designed and created a video segment about cultural traditions in Nigeria. The video was awarded the Muse award for best museum documentary production.
Scott County Historical Society, Shakopee, MN
Curatorial Consultant, March 2000 - June 2001
  • Interpreted and evaluated Maurice Stans' African art and artifacts collection.
  • Drafted reports and advised senior management.
National Museum of African and Oceanic Art, Paris, France
Curatorial Consultant, 1992 - 1995
  • Researched and interpreted African cultural property.
  • Managed and coordinated multiple tasks and activities in relation with the traveling exhibition "Vallees du Niger".
  • Developed global relationships with participating museums, sponsors and donors.
  • Created innovative approaches and ideas by coordinating analytical and critical points around the exhibition's mission and purpose.
  • Participated in the layout of the exhibition catalogue (ISBN: 2-7118-2778-X).

Hetta Institute for International Development, New York, NY
Interpreter (English-French), January 2008- June 2008
  • Translated business documents
  • Simultaneous translation during interviews and meetings
Seminar Facilitator, January 2008- June 2008
  • Conducted a seminar "Current issues, new ideas, and best practices in development management"
French Fast Immersion Program, San Mateo, CA
Owner, March 2005 - June 2007
  • Interviewed, hired and terminated teaching personnel
  • Evaluated productivity and effectiveness of personnel
  • Program conception, design and implementation
  • Successfully advertised program in media
  • Effectively managed and consistently balanced annual budget
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Human Rights Center- Law School, Minneapolis, MN
Translator, summer 1999
  • Translated legal texts and educational manuals. (French/Spanish)

University of Pennsylvania,
Philadelphia, PA
Distinguished Lecturer, Dept. of the History of Art, September 2009 - Present
  • Taught undergraduate courses: Art of Africa South of the Sahara, African Art (in the Museum Collections), Contemporary African Art, Women in African Art and African Cinema.
  • Developed syllabus, delivered lectures, advised students.
Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA
Lecturer, Dept. of the History of Art, August 2008 - Present
  • Prepared, developed and conducted lectures and seminars.
  • Taught undergraduate and graduate courses: Sub-Saharan African Art, The African Collection at
    Bryn Mawr College.
  • Presented academic papers at professional conferences and museums.
  • Advised students.
The University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Visual Studies, January 2003 - June 2007
  • Prepared, developed and conducted lectures and seminars.
  • Taught undergraduate courses: Appreciation of Visual Arts, African traditional Arts.
  • Taught undergraduate courses in French for Modern Languages dept. for 2 semesters.
The University of California-Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
Adjunct Professor, UC Extension, January 2003 - June 2003
  • Prepared, developed and conducted lectures.
  • Taught undergraduate courses: Arts of Africa, African Cultural History.
Sacred Heart College Preparatory, Atherton, CA
Professor, Departments of History and Visual Arts, September 2004 - June 2005
  • Taught 4 sections of "Global Studies" (9th grade, 80 students)
  • Taught 1 section of AP Art History (12thgrade, 10 students)
University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN
Post Doctoral Research Fellow, 1999 - 2001
  • Published several articles in both academic and literary journals
  • Worked on the publication of a book
  • Conducted extensive fieldwork
  • Prepared, developed and conducted lectures and seminars
  • Presented academic papers at international professional conferences.
University of Paris I Sorbonne, Institut d'Art and Archeologie, Paris, France
Research Assistant, Departement d'Histoire de l'Art, 1992 - 1998
  • Collected and managed data at the Center for Research in Art History
  • Maintained content of image database
  • Produced written reports

University of La Sorbonne, Institut d'Art et Archeologie, Paris I, Paris.
Ph.D. History of Art, 1998

University of La Sorbonne, Institut d'Art et Archeologie, Paris I, Paris.
M.A. Summa Cum Laude. History of Art, 1992

University of Paris VIII, Saint-Denis
A.B. Fine Arts, 1990


Creations architecturales et artistiques en Afrique sub-saharienne (1948-1995), Bureaux d'Etudes Chomette, Paris: L'Harmattan, 2002. ISBN: 2-7475-3156-2


Board Member, The Johnson House, Philadelphia
Arts Council of the African Studies Association
Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums
American Association of Museums
College Art Association
Les Amis du Louvre
Association des Historiens d'Art Contemporain