Sonoma State University recognizes Sandra Jackson-Dumont, the chairman of education at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, as its 2014 Distinguished Alumnus.
Jackson-Dumont (BA, Art History, 1994) has led successful educational, public and curatorial programs at some of the nation's leading arts and cultural institutions. She has been the Frederick P. and Sandra P. Rose Chairman of Education at the Metropolitan Museum of Art since May 2014.
"The relationship between art, social responsibility and freedom became apparent to me during my time as a student at Sonoma State University," said Jackson-Dumont. "That foundational work helped me develop my deep investment in fostering thinking communities through creative processes."
Earlier appointments include Deputy Director for Education and Public Programs as well as Adjunct Curator for Modern and Contemporary Art at the Seattle Art Museum (2006 - 2014); Director of Education & Public Programs at The Studio Museum in Harlem; and Head of School, Family and Intergenerational Programs at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.
Known for her ability to blur the lines between academia, popular culture and non-traditional art-going communities, Jackson-Dumont has organized numerous exhibitions, lectures, performances, symposia and education initiatives that address a range of art historical and contemporary world issues.
The Distinguished Alumni Awards Program is a symbol of achievement and success presented to distinguished alumni from Sonoma State's six academic colleges. Since 1988, the awards applaud the most prestigious graduates for their professional achievements, contributions to society, and support of the university. Up to four honorees may be chosen each year.
The Sonoma State Alumni Association encourages nominations for Distinguished Alumni Awards year round. The members of the Distinguished Alumni Award Selection Committee make their selections based on several criteria including a record of distinction and accomplishment in his/her field, and a demonstrated leadership and service to his/her profession as well as the community and society at large.