Thelma Golden is director and chief curator of the Studio Museum in Harlem, where she began her career in 1987. Joining the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1988, she spent a decade there before returning to the Studio Museum in 2000 as deputy director for exhibitions and programs. She was named director and chief curator in 2005.
In 2010 President Obama appointed Golden to the Committee for the Preservation of the White House and she joined the board of directors at the Barack Obama Foundation in 2015. She serves as the 2015–16 Chair of New York City’s Cultural Institutions Group and was appointed to the Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission by Mayor Bill de Blasio. Golden is the recipient of the 2016 Audrey Irmas Award for Curatorial Excellence.
As of September 2016