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Sandra Jackson-Dumont Named to Lead the Metropolitan Museum's Education Programs and Initiatives

(New York, March 13, 2014)—Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, announced today that Sandra Jackson-Dumont will join the Museum as the Frederick P. and Sandra P. Rose Chairman of Education this May. She has been working at the Seattle Art Museum since 2006, where she is the Kayla Skinner Deputy Director for Education and Public Programs as well as Adjunct Curator for Modern and Contemporary Art. Prior to joining the Seattle Art Museum, Ms. Jackson-Dumont worked at the Studio Museum in Harlem and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, among other cultural organizations.

“Sandra is a visionary, highly respected educator who has been connecting art and audiences at museums on the East and West Coasts for a number of years,” said Mr. Campbell. “I am thrilled that she has agreed to return to New York City to lead our extensive educational initiatives with her trademark dynamism and intelligence. Education is core to the Metropolitan Museum’s mission, and I look forward to working with Sandra to further the momentum and reach of our programming for visitors of all ages—in classrooms, in the galleries, in our communities, and online.”

“I am honored to be named chairman of education at this critical moment of innovation, creativity, and experimentation at the Met,” said Ms. Jackson-Dumont. "I could not be more excited to collaborate with the Met’s team of exceptional thinkers to curate experiences that engage people across sectors and diverse communities. I am equally excited to partner with curators, artists, educators, and cultural producers on projects that connect the Met to the world in which we live. With its exceptional collections, exhibitions, and education programs, the Met is in a unique position to foster cultural and critical exchange through a global lens, and that is truly inspiring to me.”

At the Metropolitan Museum, Ms. Jackson-Dumont will oversee the full range of the Museum’s education programs, including lectures and gallery talks, exhibition-related programs, gallery and studio programs, access coordination, school and teacher programs, scholarly symposia, grants and fellowships, and the innovative Met Museum Presents subscription series of performances and talks. Over the past year alone, the Museum has presented thousands of education events, many of them taking place in the Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education, a teaching facility that was completely rebuilt in 2007.

At the Seattle Art Museum, Ms. Jackson-Dumont currently oversees educational public programs, interpretive technology, and community affairs for the museum’s three venues—SAM downtown, Seattle Asian Art Museum, and the Olympic Sculpture Park—developing programming around the museum’s collection and special exhibitions to engage a broad range of audiences, from school-age children and teachers to artists and scholars. She also spearheaded SAM’s multi-year research and engagement initiative, deepening participation for the 18- to 35-year-old demographic.

Prior to that, from 2000 to 2006, she was Director of Education and Public Programs at the Studio Museum in Harlem, where she worked extensively with living artists and worked to address the needs of an increasingly dynamic and diverse audience. At the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, she held the positions of Youth Insights Coordinator (1997-98) and then, from 1998 to 2000, Head of School, Family and Intergenerational Programs, as well as Partnership Between Art Museums and Communities (PAMC) Project Director. She was a Helena Rubenstein Curatorial Fellow at the Whitney Independent Study Program in 1996-97. She also participated as a senior management professional in the 2002 Getty Leadership Institute/Museum Management Institute. 

Over the years, Ms. Jackson-Dumont has curated numerous exhibitions, lectures, symposia, and education initiatives. Her recent exhibitions include: LaToya Ruby Frazier: Born By A River (currently on view); William Cordova’s monumental installation macho picchu after dark (pa’ Victoria santa cruz, macario sakay y aaron.dixon) 2003-2014 (currently on view); The Western Oracle: We Will Tear the Roof Off the Mother (2013), featuring the work of New York-based artist Heather Hart; Theaster Gates: The Listening Room (2011-2012); Pou Ayiti Avek L’anmou (For Haiti With Love) (2010); Titus Kaphar: History in the Making ( 2009); and Black Art (2008-2009). She has been the lead curator for the Gwendolyn Knight/Jacob Lawrence Prize since its founding in 2009; the prize is awarded bi-annually to an early career black artist and includes a solo exhibition at SAM curated by Ms. Jackson-Dumont.

Since 2010, Ms. Jackson-Dumont has taught a course on “Public Engagement and Art” in the Museology Department of the University of Washington in Seattle. She has served on grant selection committees and in other advisory roles at the Institute for Museum and Library Services, National Endowment for the Humanities, Artadia, The New Foundation, The President’s Committee on Arts and Humanities National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards, Federal Advisory Committee on International Exhibitions (FACIE), and National Endowment for the Arts, among other organizations.

In 2012, she was selected to receive the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation’s Creativity Leadership Award and the Northwest Asian Weekly Foundation’s Women of Color Empowered Award, and she was named one of Seattle Magazine’s Most Influential People in 2010. She currently serves as a co-chair of the Seattle Arts Commission, and a board member of the Seattle Friends of the Waterfront and the Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas in Seattle.

A native of San Francisco, Ms. Jackson-Dumont received her B.A. in art history from Sonoma State University in California and her M.S. in art history from Howard University in Washington, D.C.

At the Metropolitan Museum, she will succeed Peggy Fogelman, who left the Museum last August to become Director of Collections at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York.

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March 13, 2014

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