2015 Distinguished Alumni
B.A. Art History, 1994
Sandra Jackson-Dumont is the Frederick P. and Sandra P. Rose Chairman of Education at the Metropolitan Museum of Art— the largest museum in the western hemisphere. She is responsible for the vision and management of education and public programs encompassing a range of educational experiences and live arts performances designed for a diverse cross-section of audiences. She is tasked with leading the Museum’s ongoing distinctive and creative programmatic development consistent with the Museum’s mission and values creating meaningful experiences for visitors with the Museum’s collections and special exhibitions.
She was formerly the Deputy Director for Education + Public Programs/ Adjunct Curator, Modern & Contemporary Art Department at the Seattle Art Museum (SAM). She had strategic oversight of programming at SAM’s three sites—Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Asian Art Museum, Olympic Sculpture Park. Prior to her appointment at SAM, Jackson-Dumont worked at the Studio Museum in Harlem and the Whitney Museum of American Art among other cultural organizations.
Known for her ability to blur the lines between academia, popular culture and non-traditional art-going communities, Jackson-Dumont is invested in curating experiences that foster dynamic exchanges between art/artists, past/present, public/private and people/places. She has organized numerous exhibitions, lectures, performances, symposia and education initiatives and she has contributed essays to a host of publications and worked with numerous artists.
Jackson-Dumont is on the on the board of the Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas, the Friends of the Waterfront and the Seattle Arts Commission. A recipient of the Creative Leadership Award from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, she is also an independent curator/writer and programming consultant working across communities, disciplines and sectors.