Gulf Today: "She is noted for her innovative approach to projects and her Maraya initiative in one example of her ability to host an interactive exhibit that involves the audience...at one stroke, Hughes has been able to dissolve the space between 'untouchable' art and the itchy fingers of spectators, who, experience has shown, would rather touch an art piece than not. As a writer - an important arrow in the professional quiver of curators, she is familiar with doing both profiles and analyses...an expert in both the Q&A and narrative formats, her writing style is redolent with tangy humor, respectful observations and polite suggestions. She fixes a piercing eye onthe local art scene and critiques it." By Muhamad Yusuf, "Art of Showing Art: Profiles a Curator who has Hosted Breakthrough Art Events Globally" (June 21, 2012)
artBahrain.org: "...positioning herself more than just a purveyor of taste and an upholder of an institutional mandate, but a cultural producer creating exhibitions that highlight the fluidity of contemporary art practice" By artBahrain.org, "Passion for Art: Curator du Jour" (May 2011)
Washington City Paper: "Most of the shows at the Fridge can pinpoint their success on the efforts of up-and-coming curators like Cory Oberndorfer, Isabella Hughes and Barbara Petro, and the fortitude of these exhibits has helped to lure in future shows" By Maura Judkins, "D.C.'s Best New Gallery" (December 2010
The Washington Post: “This IS Hawai’i may not be a big show, but as an example of crosstown collaboration, it is a big deal. It’s a two-venue exhibit, occupying not only Transformer Gallery’s Logan Circle area storefront but also the National Museum of the American Indian’s Sealaska Gallery. The show features works from four contemporary native Hawaiian artists, but it feels like — and aspires to be — a much larger survey. Independent curator Isabella Hughes turns in an equally impressive performance. Hughes brings together four artists from the island of Oahu, all focused on struggles between indigenous and invasive — but using sharply divergent materials and methods." By Jeffry Cudlin, "Review of Hawaiian artists at American Indian Museum and Transformer" (May 27, 2011)
Washington City Paper: "The Iranian art shown at the Fridge’s “I RAN Home (in America)” is not about headscarves or hardships, but the work is heady nonetheless... curators Isabella Hughes and Barbara Petro, both of Iranian descent, have curated a thoughtful show with an eye for the ways in which young Iranians experience culture from East to West. Toward the West, there’s Eric Robert Parnes, who has turned religious symbols into blinged-out fashion statements, alongside a Farsi neon sign that translates “Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll.” Pooneh Maghazehe, inspired by the famous “Beef: It’s What’s for Dinner” slogan, brands meats with an Islamic pattern as a comment on consumerism and identity. Eastward, you’ll find dreamy photographs by Hadieh Shafie, whose “Spin & Pari” series depict spirits and the spirituality of the dance of a Whirling Dervish." By Maura Judkins, "I RAN Home (In America) at the Fridge"(November 13, 20, 200
Embassy of the United States Press Release, September 3, 2012, "Beyond the Frame: Contemporary Art in the Emirates"
Art Dubai Blog, July 4, 2012, "Slideshow Review: A Most Precarious Relationship: Artists, Audiences and Interactive Art in the Emirates"
Gulf Today, June 21, 2012 "Art of Showing Art Profile Isabella Ellaheh Hughes" Gulf Today profile.pdf
Gulf News, June 7, 2012 "Interactive art exhibition opens in Sharjah"
Embassy of the United States to the UAE Press Release, "Beyond the Frame: Contemporary Art in the Emirates"
Artbahrain.org December Issue, "Beyond the Frame: Contemporary Art in the Emirates"
Feature on the opening of the Contemporary Art Platform and panel discussion in Al Watan Daily, October 2, 2011
Profile in Satellite Voices on the Dubai art scene, September, 2011
Review in The Washington Post on "This IS Hawai'i" May 27, 2011
Feature in DC Modern Luxury on "This IS Hawai'i" May2011
Feature as Curator du Jour, May 2011 issue 8, artBahrain.org
Where Magazine, "This IS Hawai'i" WhereMagazineHawaii.pdf
Press release for "This IS Hawai'i" from the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian
“Gallery opening of the week” - The Washington Post, Nov.13, 2009
“Pooneh Maghazehe: Try the art, it’s delicious” - Washington City Paper Arts Desk, Nov.13, 2009
Feature in “The Weekend Guide” - Daily Candy, November 12, 2009
“I RAN Home (In America)” - Washington City Paper, Nov. 11, 2009
Feature in “Weekend Pass” - The Washington Post Express, Nov. 5, 2009
Feature in “Going Out Guide” - The Washington Post, Nov. 4, 2009