Arts District

Skipp Sanders To Retire From Reginald F. Lewis Museum

Search underway for new executive director

By Gabriella Souza | January 14, 2016, 3:44 pm

Skipp Sanders cuts the Lewis museum's 10th anniversary cake with young patrons. -Courtesy of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum
Arts District

Skipp Sanders To Retire From Reginald F. Lewis Museum

Search underway for new executive director

By Gabriella Souza | January 14, 2016, 3:44 pm

Skipp Sanders cuts the Lewis museum's 10th anniversary cake with young patrons. -Courtesy of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum

After four years as executive director, Skipp Sanders is retiring from the Reginald F. Lewis Museum.

“It has been my honor and privilege to serve the museum," Sanders said in a news release. "I care very much about this institution and look forward to seeing it continually evolve under the new executive director’s helm."

Sanders will leave the museum, which highlights the history and accomplishment of African Americans, at the end of January.

During his tenure, the museum presented several award-winning exhibitions—including 2014's For Whom It Stands: The Flag and the American People, which USA Today called one of the summer's must-see exhibits. In 2015, the museum celebrated its 10th anniversary, opened a free gallery space with an exhibit by photographer Devin Allen, whose work appeared on the cover of Time following the death of Freddie Gray, and hosted Misty Copeland on the day that she became American Ballet Theatre’s first African-American principal dancer.

“Skipp has created a stellar legacy," board chair Leslie King Hammond said. "He graciously agreed to stay on through the museum’s 10th anniversary, where he oversaw a year of exciting events and culminating in a sell-out gala."

A search is underway for a new executive director, and a public announcement about an interim director will be made in the coming weeks.

Click here to see a video of Sanders discussing one of the museum's current exhibits, Ruth Starr Rose: Revelations of African-American Life In Maryland and the World.




You May Also Like


On The Town

Rufus Roundtree Climbs Aboard Urban Pirates’ Ship for Floating Concert This Weekend

WTMD continues to creatively restore live music amidst COVID-19.

The Chatter

Tiny Easel Provides Art in a Box for Budding Artists

The new kits express founder's love of watercolors and Baltimore landmarks.

Arts & Culture

DDm Bares His Soul on ‘The Ballad of Omar’

Local rapper discusses his latest album, which shines light on the Black queer male experience.


Arts & Culture

How Creative Alliance is Keeping Art Alive Through COVID-19

Highlandtown's hallowed venue moves programming outside and online.

MaxSpace

Movie Review: Boys State

The kids are alright—sort of—in this brilliant new documentary about a political retreat for teenage boys.

On The Town

Eight Baltimoreans on The Loss of Summer Festivals

Mayor Young’s cancellation means no Artscape, AFRAM, or other large gatherings.

Connect With Us

Most Read


How the Orioles Are Preparing for a “Pandemic Season”: Staying apart is the new team bonding experience.

How These Surprise Quarantine ‘Flower Bombs’ Are Helping Families in Need: The paper-plate flowers have become a massive fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House.

Bottoms Up Bagels Rolls Into Harwood: Owners debut their new “BUB Hub” at 28th and Greenmount.

Design for Distancing Competition Aims to Revive The Beauty of Public Spaces: Forward-thinking social-distancing structures could be built in the city as early as this month.

Amid The Economic Chaos, Downtown Partnership’s New President Has a Plan: Shelonda Stokes was just named president after serving in an interim leadership role.