Jamaal B. Sheats

Jamaal B. Sheats

Program

CCL Class of 2021

Institution

Fisk University

Title

Director and Curator of Galleries, Assistant Professor of Art

Institution at time of Fellowship

Fisk University

Jamaal B. Sheats, MFA began his career as an artist and is currently the Director and Curator of Fisk University Galleries-- and an Assistant Professor in the university’s Art Department. Since joining the Galleries in 2015, he has curated 18 exhibitions, expanded and nurtured partnerships, and designed innovative programs to foster access to, and engagement with the collections. The Student Gallery Ambassador Program, Babies in the Gallery, and the STEAM Series are exemplary efforts. To further amplify programming, Sheats instituted the Friends of the Gallery campaign. An art advocate committed to training and preparing diverse art leaders, he led a team that secured Ford Foundation and Walton Family Foundation funding (Diversity in Art Museum Leadership Initiative) to establish the Fisk University Museum Leadership Program.

As an artist, he received commissions from entities such as the National Museum of African-American Music and the 2019 Havana Biennial as part of Maria Magdalena Campos- Pons’ Intermittent Rivers. Sheats is a Trustee of the Frist Art Museum and Board Member of the HBCU Alliance of Museums and Galleries; Association of Academic Museum and Galleries; and the Maddox Fund. He received a MFA from Tufts University and BS in Art from Fisk University.

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