Pınar Üner Yılmaz holds a PhD in Art History from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Her dissertation, titled “An Analysis of Global Curatorial Methods: The Emergence and Crystallization of Istanbul Biennials” focuses on contemporary global art, curatorial studies, and exhibition histories. Her research has been presented at the Inclusive Museum Conference, ‘On Curating Conference’ at the European University Cyprus, University of Sussex, Istanbul Technical University, Mimar Sinan University, and other venues. She has both teaching and curatorial experience including the US, Europe, and Turkey. She has been contributing to journals such as The Seen, Art Slant, Christie’s Magazine, among others.
She holds a BA in Art Management and MA in Art and Design from Yildiz Technical University in Istanbul, Turkey. She is a former recipient of Fulbright and TUBİTAK scholarships for graduate education, TEV (Turkish Education Foundation) scholarship for undergraduate education, SAHA scholarship for Independent Curators International's Curating Now Program, MELLON Foundation Humanities Without Walls Fellowship, and UIC’s Provost’s Award for Dissertation Research.