Deana Haggag received her BA in Art History and Philosophy from Rutgers University-Newark. She worked with several contemporary arts spaces both in the United States and abroad before pursuing her MFA. At MICA, Deana chose to complete her thesis work with Gallery CA located in the City Arts building which houses 69 artist live/work spaces. For her thesis, Deana established a series of administrative systems to better define the mission of the gallery for its residents and community. She was additionally responsible for all exhibitions and programming throughout the 2012/13 season. Deana is also currently the Dean of the Baltimore Chapter of the Awesome Foundation.
In 2013, Deana was appointed the Director of The Contemporary, located in Baltimore. The nomadic arts museum was founded by Curatorial Practice Director George Ciscle in 1989. Haggag's appointment follows her tenure and thesis work at Gallery CA and MICA.
City Arts is a 90 unit artist residence located in the Station North Arts and Entertainment District. They have a specific need to establish a ‘curator-in-residence' position and develop an operating structure for their ground floor gallery. This ongoing two year thesis will address these needs but also use the gallery and extensive public programming to activate City Art's artist residents and their various neighboring communities. To achieve these goals there will be an established formal system to work with various art, social, and educational institutions as well as artists, both local and abroad.