Kim Sajet

Directeur @ National Portrait Gallery

Kim Sajet has been the director of the National Portrait Gallery since April
2013 where she has looked to expand the notion of portraiture to include
issues of personal and cultural identity. As well as overseeing several
important groundbreaking exhibitions such as, “Elaine de Kooning:
Portraits”, “American Cool”, “Bill Viola: The Moving Portrait”,  “The Face of
Battle: Americans at War, 9/11 to Now” and “The Sweat of Their Face:
Portraying American Workers;” she commissioned the six-acre landscape
portrait on the National Mall, “Out of Many, One;” launched the IDENTIFY
contemporary performance artist series; commissioned the Dana Tai Soon
Burgess Dance Company a choreographer-in-residence; launched an
international portraiture exhibition space; and is gradually introducing
Spanish, Braille, and ASL as additional languages throughout the museum.
In February of this year her museum unveiled the portraits of former
President Barack Obama by Kehinde Wiley and First Lady Michelle Obama
by Amy Sherald. Since that time attendance to the museum has more than
doubled.

Prior to joining the Smithsonian, Sajet was president and CEO of the
Historical Society of Pennsylvania. She has also held leadership positions
with the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Philadelphia Museum
of Art and two Australian art museums. Sajet writes regularly for the
Smithsonian, has authored a number of scholarly publications, curated
exhibitions and speaks often about portraiture and cultural politics on
behalf of the museum.

Sajet earned master’s degrees in art history and business administration at
Bryn Mawr College and at Melbourne University Business School in
Australia. She has completed arts leadership training at the Harvard
Business School, the Getty and National Arts Strategies. Born in Nigeria,
she was raised in Australia and is a citizen of the Netherlands.