Children’s Museum of the Arts (CMA) announces the appointment of Seth Cameron as Executive Director. An artist, educator, and curator, Cameron co-founded the celebrated artist collective, The Bruce High Quality Foundation, where he served as President of its alternative art school, BHQFU, from 2009-2017. Cameron succeeds Barbara Hunt-McLanahan, who passed away in June 2019 after a courageous battle with cancer. He assumes his position on February 3, 2020.
“Seth Cameron is an extraordinary leader who is uniquely positioned to build upon the work that the Children’s Museum of the Arts has championed for 30 years — exposing children and families to the transformative power of the arts. Under his leadership, CMA will be poised to reach greater heights,” remarked William S. Floyd, Board Chair. “Seth’s broad experience as an artist, educator, and administrator makes him the perfect choice to lead this institution.”
“The search committee unanimously selected Seth from an intensely competitive field of highly qualified candidates” stated Allison Russo, Board Secretary and head of the Search Committee. “His resume speaks for itself. As an accomplished working artist and patron of CMA, he understands the museum’s ethos. He is an arts educator, who has taught both art theory and studio practice, and a curator, who has a long track record of administering impactful programs and exhibitions.”
Elizabeth Fearon Pepperman, Chair Emerita added, “His credentials are impressive. But more importantly, Seth’s vision and passion for how an artist-led organization like ours can make a difference in the lives of children — regardless of their means or ability — is compelling, exciting and completely in keeping with our mission.”
Rico Gatson, artist and CMA Board member, observed, “Seth is a true visionary and I am excited to see his creative, artistic energy brought to bear on such a large canvas as our museum.”
Cameron remarks, “I am thrilled, eager, impatient even, to learn everything I can from the young artists served by Children’s Museum of the Arts. They know art isn’t a luxury or a need, yet somehow both and more — it’s how we all become a part of the world. They know it is how we speak to each other and to ourselves. Sure, it can be intimidating, as any worthwhile adventure is, but they know it is how we go beyond hope and fear, beyond the past and the future, and into the now, the right now, in all its strangeness and humor and beauty and fullness. They know that’s what art is, and I’m honored to join the dedicated team at CMA where this knowledge is made new for young people everyday.”
From 2004–2007, Cameron served as Creative Director of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, where he implemented an experimental exhibition program, a visual arts summer intensive for high school students, and a widely lauded multi-site exhibition on artistic censorship in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.
Cameron has taught both art theory and studio practice across a range of disciplines at both BHQFU and his alma mater, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science & Art, and has lectured frequently on issues in arts education across the United States.
His paintings are the subject of a current solo exhibition, “The Fair Mountain,” at Nina Johnson Gallery in Miami, and he is represented by Nathalie Karg Gallery in New York and McClain Gallery in Houston. In 2019, he was awarded a studio residency by the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation for his work’s finely tuned investigation of color relationships.
He lives in New York with his wife, Alexandra Cunningham Cameron, Curator of Contemporary Design at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, and their two sons.
Pictured: Seth Cameron, Study of a Sunset, 2019