Sarah Kennel.

Sarah Kennel Appointed Curator of Photography at High Museum of Art

The High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia, announced today that Sarah Kennel has been named curator of photography. Kennel will oversee the museum’s photography holdings—which include seven thousand works spanning the 1840s to the present—and related exhibitions and programs.

She will also help further develop the High’s “Picturing the South” commissioning initiative, which has added works by Sally Mann, Alec Soth, Richard Misrach, and Martin Parr to the museum’s collection.

“Sarah’s myriad accomplishments as a curator and scholar, together with her commitment to innovation and inclusion, make her exceptionally well-suited to lead the continued growth of our active photography department,” said director Rand Suffolk. “We are very pleased to welcome her to our staff, and we know that under her leadership our photography program will continue its legacy of exceptional exhibitions and strategic collection initiatives.”

Kennel currently serves as curator of photography at the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) in Salem, Massachusetts. She recently cocurated “Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings,” which will open at the High in October 2019. She is also the curator of and author of the catalogue for “Order of Imagination: The Photographs of Olivia Parker,” opening at PEM this summer. Kennel previously served for nine years as a curator at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.

Commenting on her new position, Kennel said: “The High has played a key role in defining the range of American photographic practice, especially with its commitment to civil rights and Southern photography. I look forward to working closely with my colleagues and the thriving Atlanta arts community to further develop and expand an exciting and rich photography program that is at once locally grounded and nationally distinguished.” She will take up the post on July 1, 2019.