Dr Sarah Schmidt

Director
Canberra Museum and Gallery | The Nolan Collection

Dr Sarah Schmidt

Sarah Schmidt is Director, Canberra Museum and Gallery. Sarah is an art historian, curator and practitioner who has specialised in public gallery directorship, from leading two Commonwealth collections, to Deputy Directorship of the Art Gallery of Ballarat - one of the top five collections of Australian art - to Directorship of Hamilton Gallery in Western Victoria, a collection of European and Australian art. Her leadership roles are supported by an extensive background in scholarship and curating. She has curated major solo exhibitions of noted Australian artists including Rick Amor, Cressida Campbell, Mirka Mora, Patricia Piccinini, John Wolseley, and Ah Xian; and several exhibitions in the areas of 20th century Australian painting Australian and European decorative arts. Sarah has also worked as a Unit Lecturer in Arts Management for The University of Melbourne and in an arts and cultural management role for the Australian Embassy, Beijing, China. She holds four postgraduate degrees from The University of Melbourne including a PhD in Art History.