|Mary Schmidt Campbell has been dean of the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University since 1991. She earned her BA in English literature from Swarthmore College and her MA in art history and PhD in humanities from Syracuse University. She is the co-editor of Artistic Citizenship: A Public Voice for the Arts (2006) and co-author of Memory and Metaphor: The Art of Romare Bearden, 1940–1987 (1991) and Harlem Renaissance: Art of Black America (1987).
Before going to NYU, Campbell was assistant curator at the Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse; cofounder of the Community Folk Art Center, Syracuse; and executive director of the Studio Museum in Harlem (1977–1987). From 1987 to 1991 she served as New York City commissioner of cultural affairs. Campbell was NYU’s provost for the arts (2004–2007) and chair of the New York State Council on the Arts (2007–2009), and she currently serves as chair of Tisch School of the Arts Asia. In September 2009, Campbell was appointed by President Obama as vice chair of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities.
Campbell is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and sits on the boards of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival, and the Harlem School of the Arts. She holds honorary degrees from the College of New Rochelle, Colgate University, the City University of New York, Pace University, Maryland Institute College of Art, and Swarthmore College.