Head of Education, Addison Gallery of American Art
As Head of Education at the Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy, Jamie Kaplowitz Gibbons provides leadership, strategy, and direction for the Addison’s mission as a teaching museum. Starting in 2008, while the Addison was undergoing expansion, she was an active member of the team designing and executing pedagogy for the Addison’s Museum Learning Center, which opened in 2010. In the years since, the methodologies for teaching with the collection that Jamie has developed and implemented have grown sustainable networks through each department on campus and continue to illuminate new possibilities for interdisciplinary object-based teaching and learning. In 2012 she spearheaded Phillips Academy’s first museum studies initiative, the Addison Community Ambassadors program, in which students delve into the museum’s history, curatorial vision, and teaching mission and ensure a student voice in museum programming. Jamie worked previously at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, MA, managed artist residencies and arts programming in New York City schools for Arts Horizons, a New Jersey-based arts-in-education organization, and taught at Deerfield Academy’s summer arts program.
Jamie earned her M.A. in Museum Education from Tufts University and a B.A. in Studio Art from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She has held a Steering Committee position for the Greater Boston Museum Educators Roundtable since 2015, and has presented research and professional development for the National Art Education Association, Association of Academic Museums and Galleries, National Council on the Social Studies, University of Connecticut Northeast Media Literacy Conference, and more. Her research interests and teaching areas focus on American visual culture, material culture studies, and curatorial practice as pedagogy.