The Studio Museum in Harlem
144 West 125th Street
New York, New York 10027
Public Programs and Community Engagement
Thelma Golden, Director and Chief Curator
Thelma Golden is Director and Chief Curator of The Studio Museum in Harlem, where she began her career in 1987 before joining the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1988. After a decade at the Whitney, she returned to the Studio Museum in 2000 as Deputy Director for Exhibitions and Programs, and was named Director and Chief Curator in 2005. Golden was appointed to the Committee for the Preservation of the White House by President Obama in 2010, and in 2015 joined the Barack Obama Foundation’s Board of Directors. She served as the 2015–16 Chair of New York City’s Cultural Institutions Group and was appointed to the Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission by Mayor Bill de Blasio. Golden is the recipient of the 2016 Audrey Irmas Award for Curatorial Excellence. Born in St. Albans, Queens, Golden currently resides in Harlem.
Expanding the Walls
Deputy Director's Officer
Sheila McDaniel, Deputy Director, Finance & Operations
Sheila McDaniel joined The Studio Museum in Harlem as the Deputy Director, Finance and Administration in August of 2004. At the Studio Museum, Sheila is a member of the leadership team responsible for the implementation of the Museum’s strategic plan. In that role, she has introduced policies and procedures insuring best practices and exemplary organizational performance. McDaniel holds a Masters from Baruch College and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Education in Adult Learning and Leadership at Columbia University.
Hallie Hobson, Director of Institutional Advancement
Hallie Hobson joined the Studio Museum in 2015 from The Metropolitan Museum of Art where she served as Deputy Chief Development Officer for Individual Giving. Prior to her position at the Metropolitan Museum, Hobson worked as the Senior Development Officer at The Museum of Modern Art. Hallie’s specialty has been donor stewardship and cultivating major gifts, in addition to shaping and implementing a broad range of fundraising programs. Hallie Hobson holds an MFA in Playwriting from UCLA and a BA in African-American and Theater Studies from Yale University. In addition to her work in fundraising, she is an accomplished poet and playwright. Hobson, a native of Atlanta, has lived in Harlem since 2001. She is an active member of a variety of professional organizations including Women in Development, ArtTable and the Association of Yale Alumni.