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San José Museum of Art Appoints Holly Shen Deputy Director

The San José Museum of Art (SJMA) in California has named Holly Shen as its new deputy director. Shen comes to the institution from the Brooklyn Academy of Music, where she produced exhibitions, public programming, and performances, and oversaw all visual arts activity during her five-year tenure. In her new role, she will be responsible for working to develop a strategic plan for the museum that will be finalized this fall.

“I am thrilled to join the San José Museum of Art during an exciting time of growth for the museum and the City of San José,” said Shen. “I look forward to supporting SJMA’s compelling exhibitions program and advancing a number of initiatives that look to expand and share the museum’s resources with a wide audience.”​

Previously, Shen was a faculty member at the Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York, in the graduate program for art market studies. She has also served as a curator at the Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Ambulatory Care division; a curatorial liaison at Artsy; and a registrar at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, where she first started her career. In 2016, Shen cofounded Forward Union, a new coalition-building initiative that connects social-justice organizations with artists and creative communities.

Commenting on the appointment, Susan Sayre Batton, executive director of SJMA, said Shen “will bring a fresh perspective to our expanding horizons, high level experience in fund development, and solid achievements working in the cultural sphere with art and artists. Our talented curatorial team and devoted colleagues across departments will benefit from Holly’s ideas and digital acumen.” Shen will join SJMA’s staff on November 1.