Sharon Vatsky
Director of School, Teacher, Family Programs
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Sharon Vatsky, Director of School and Family Programs at the Solomon. R. Guggenheim Museum oversees programs for younger audiences both at the museum and in the New York City public schools. To help teachers correlate the museum’s exhibitions to classroom learning, Vatsky develops curriculum materials focusing on major exhibitions in New York and Bilbao, Spain that are available in both printed form and on the museum’s website. She works closely with teachers to identify ways that the museum can serve as a resource for classroom learning and facilitates professional development programs locally, nationally and internationally. rnrnFrom 1989 – 2000 she served as Curator of Education at the Queens Museum of Art. In that position she formulated programming for dozens of exhibitions of modern and contemporary art for audiences of all ages. rnrnVatsky also teaches a graduate course in Museum Education at New York University and Teacher’s College, Columbia University. Other professional experience includes teaching courses in drawing, painting, art history and arts education at several colleges and universities. rnShe is the author of Museum Gallery Experiences: A Handbook, published by Rowman and Littlefield, for the American Alliance of Museums. rnrnShe holds graduate degrees in art from State University New York, Albany, Hartford Art School and an undergraduate degree from New York University and has completed course credits in the doctoral program in Art and Art Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. She is the 2008 recipient of the Charles Marshall Robertson Award presented annually to an educator “who has made a significant contribution to art education” and serves on the board of directors for the Association of Teaching Artists.rn