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Patterson Sims, Independent Curator, Writer, and Consultant

Patterson Sims is the former President and is now Co-Chair of the Board of Independent Curators international. He directs two artist foundations and serves on the boards of three others.He has worked in the visual arts since 1969, and was Director at the Montclair Art Museum in New Jersey from 2001-2009. His career as a museum professional also includes serving as Deputy Director for Education and Research Support at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He was previously Associate Director for Art and Exhibitions and Curator of Modern Art at the Seattle Art Museum between 1987 and 1996 and was the first curator designated to oversee the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art, where he worked from 1976 to 1987 and co-curated four Whitney Biennial exhibitions. He began his career as Assistant Director of O.K. Harris Works of Art, in the then newly-developing arts district of Soho, in 1969. Sims has written about and organized solo exhibitions of numerous artists including Ellsworth Kelly, John Storrs, Jan Matulka, Viola Frey, Joyce J. Scott, Fred Wilson, Claire Zeisler, Willie Cole, Betty Woodman, and Hedda Sterne.

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