Mary Schmidt Campbell, dean of New York Universitys Tisch School of the Arts, who was nominated in June by Gov. Eliot Spitzer to head the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), has been confirmed as chair of the NYSCA by the New York State Senate. Campbell will continue to serve as dean of the Tisch School.
Dr. Campbell has had a distinguished career in the arts for more than 30 years as an editor, author, lecturer, art historian and curator, and museum director. As Executive Director of the Studio Museum in Harlem for 10 years, she led the museum at a time when it became a lynchpin in the economic development of Harlem and one of the citys major cultural institutions. She has served as Commissioner of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, where she was the chief spokesperson for the New York City cultural community and oversaw the operating expenses and capital improvements of the Citys premier cultural institutions.
For the past 16 years she has been dean of the nations foremost center of undergraduate and graduate study in the performing and media arts. Under her stewardship, the Tisch School has become one of the most selective schools at NYU and at the same time has increased the percentage of minority students studying there. She has completed major renovations of the Schools facilities, inaugurated new programs in Art and Public Policy, Film Preservation and Archiving, and Recorded Music. Earlier this fall, the School opened Tisch Asia, located in Singapore, which is NYUs first independent degree granting program outside New York.
She is also a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a board member of The American Academy in Rome. Campbell holds honorary degrees from the Maryland Institute College of Art, The College of New Rochelle, Colgate University, City University of New York, and Pace University. She received her B.A. from Swarthmore, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Syracuse University.
At NYU, we have long known what an exceptional leader Mary Schmidt Campbell is, not only in the world of the arts but in so many fields, said NYU President John Sexton. In appointing her as Chair of the New York State Council on the Arts, the largest state arts councilin the nation, Governor Spitzer recognized those same outstanding talents. No one is more qualified and worthy to lead the Council as it fulfills its mission to protect and grow the cultural resources of New York for the benefit of all its citizens. I know I speak for everyone in our community when I offer Mary my congratulations.