Lowery Stokes Sims is a curator at the Museum of Arts and Design.
From 2000 to 2007, Sims served as executive director, president and adjunct curator for the permanent collection at the Studio Museum in Harlem. She was on the education and curatorial staff of the Metropolitan Museum of Art from 1972 to 1999 where she curated over 30 exhibitions. A specialist in modern and contemporary art, Sims is known for her particular expertise in the work of African, Latino, Native and Asian American artists.
At MAD Sims co-curated Second Lives: Remixing the Ordinary (2008) and Dead or Alive (2010). She also conceived and co-curated The Global Africa Project (2011). Sims has lectured nationally and internationally and guest curated many exhibitions at institutions such as: the National Gallery in Kingston, Jamaica (2004); the Cleveland Museum of Art (2006); the New York Historical Society (2006); and the Driskell Center at the University of Maryland, College Park (2009). She served as general editor and essayist of the catalogue for the National Museum of the American Indian’s 2008 retrospective of Fritz Scholder.
She has been visiting professor at Queens College and Hunter College in New York City (2005, 2006), a fellow at the Clark Art Institute and visiting scholar in the Department of Art at the University of Minnesota in 2007. Sims also served on the selection jury for the World Trade Center memorial in 2003/2004 and is on the board of ArtTable Inc, the Tiffany Foundation and Art Matters Inc.