San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles (SJMQT) has selected Camille Ann Brewer as Director, following an executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). She will begin her tenure on May 2, 2022.
With a vibrant passion for textile arts and design, Brewer brings extensive museum and arts-sector experience to SJMQT. She served as the Curator of Contemporary art at The George Washington University Museum and the Textile Museum in Washington, DC. While there, she defined and developed the newly created museum curatorial department. This included collection development and exhibition programming. Additionally, she acted as liaison between the museum and the Corcoran School of Art and Design. Brewer also served as the Executive Director for the Black Metropolis Research Consortium at the University of Chicago and has taught at multiple universities in textiles, art history and information science. She founded CAB Fine Art Ltd and has been a guest curator for many exhibitions. Brewer is the author of numerous publications on textiles and contemporary art.
Brewer holds a bachelor of fine art degree in interdisciplinary crafts from California College of the Arts, a master of fine art in textile design from Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan, and a master of library and information science in fine art cataloging from Valdosta State University. She is also an active presenter, lecturer, and author of many articles. Brewer has served on grant panels for the National Endowment for the Arts and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
In making the announcement, Board Co-Chair Melissa Leventon said, “We are thrilled that we were able to attract someone of Camille Ann’s caliber to direct the museum. Her depth of collections experience, textile knowledge, and fundraising success positions the museum well for the future.”
Board Co-Chair Tien Chiu added, “We considered several highly qualified candidates for the Director position. Camille Ann rose to the top with her strong vision for the future of the museum and how to get us there.”
“I am excited to begin this opportunity with the museum in my home state of California,” said Brewer. “My professional and personal passion resides in the textile arts, and I am thrilled to work with the museum’s board of directors and staff to build a thriving museum in the Bay Area.”
“Congratulations to the search committee, board, and staff of San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles on the selection of Camille Ann Brewer,” said ACG Senior Vice President Nan Keeton. “Brewer possesses tremendous energy and appreciation for textiles and the mission of SJMQT. This, combined with her experience as a versatile and diplomatic leader will prove vital as the organization moves into its new chapter.”