In recognition of her significant achievements as the first woman director of the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, ArtTable DC honors Kim Sajet with the 2020 Chapter Leadership Award. Please join us in celebrating this occasion virtually. Dr. Johnetta Cole, our 2018 recipient, will present the award to Ms. Sajet.
This event was postponed from March 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Please email email@example.com to confirm whether you would like to use your original registration for the new event or if you would prefer to credit your ArtTable account for future programming (credit can only be used through March 31, 2021).
- $40 – General Admission
Please note, your ticket purchase directly supports the DC chapter’s Faith Flanagan Fellowship Program. This annual program provides mentorship, resources, and a stipend to three DC-area women working in the visual arts. The Fellowship Program focuses on the empowerment and growth of the next generation of arts leaders by building relationships and offering progressive programming. Your support of this event enables the DC Chapter to continue offering this incredible Fellowship Program. THANK YOU.
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As the first woman to serve as director of the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, Kim Sajet (pronounced Say-et) has been exploring new ways to place personal experience and creativity at the center of learning and civic awareness. Not just a place to see famous Americans, the museum explores identity as a social construct that has been shaped in equal measure by opportunity and ability, prejudice and fear. By taking a cross-disciplinary approach that merges the traditional forms of painting, sculpture, drawing and printmaking with poetry, installation art, video and performance, Sajet aims to bring history alive.
Before her current appointment, Sajet was the president and CEO of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, the vice president and deputy director of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and the director of corporate relations at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Before arriving in the United States with her family in 1997, she served first as curator and then director of two Australian art museums from 1989 – 1995.
Born in Nigeria, raised in Australia, and a citizen of the Netherlands, Sajet brings a global perspective to the position. She earned a master’s degree in art history from Bryn Mawr College, a master’s degree in business administration from Melbourne University Business School in Australia, a bachelor’s degree in art history from Melbourne University, and a graduate diploma in Museum studies from Deakin University in Australia. She has completed arts leadership training at the Harvard Business School, the Getty Institute and National Arts Strategies.
In addition to 20 years of arts management experience, Sajet has written a number of scholarly publications, curated exhibitions and spoken at academic symposia around the world. Her current interests include the June 2019 study of identity politics, role-playing in online virtual worlds and the significance of celebrity in American history. She is also the host of the Portrait Gallery’s new podcast series, “Portraits,” exploring themes of art, history and biography.
Thank you to Ruth Abrahams, Caitlin Berry, Alexa Kaye and Maria Sancho-Arroyo for organizing this program.
- Alexa Kaye
- Alice Dow Walker
- Anne M. Lampe
- Beverly Carol With
- Brandon B. Fortune
- Brigitte Reyes
- Carolyn K Carr
- Charlotte Ickes
- Concetta M Duncan
- Dorothy Kosinski
- Gay P Hanna
- La’Tasha Nicole Banks
- Laura Roulet
- Lauren Jensen
- Maria Sancho-Arroyo
- Marlene Rothacker Harrison
- Mary Early
- Renee Y Sandell
- Ruth Abrahams
- Sarah Courtney
- Sarah Tanguy
- Shelley R. Langdale
- Terry Dudnick Taffer
- Victoria L. Reis
Image: Grace Roselli, Pandora’s BoxX Project