Thomas K. Seligman

John & Jill Freidenrich Director of the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University, 1991-2011

Prior to becoming the first full-time Director in the museum's history, Tom Seligman was a deputy director and Curator of the arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas at The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, where he served for twenty years. Tom serves as a trustee of the Association of Art Museum Directors, and is a trustee and vice president of The Christensen Fund, and was a trustee of the American Federation of Arts and The American Association of Museums International Council of Museums (AAM/ICOM). He is founder of the Friends of Ethnic Arts. From 1988-92, Mr. Seligman served on the President's Cultural Property Advisory Committee, which reviews requests from other countries for assistance under the terms of the law implementing the 1970 UNESCO Cultural Property Convention. He is a specialist in the arts of Africa. As a Peace Corps volunteer in Liberia, West Africa, he taught college and directed a museum of African art. He subsequently specialized in the arts and culture of the Tuareg people of the central Sahara, and has organized a major exhibition and catalogue entitled Art of Being Tuareg:Sahara Nomads in a Modern World (2005-2008).

View press release announcing his retirement.

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Thomas K. Seligman, John and Jill Freidenrich Director, Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University
Photo by Fred Mertz