After an extensive 8-month national search, we are proud to announce Robert Sain as di Rosa’s new executive director. He will join di Rosa on January 19, 2016.
ABOUT ROBERT SAIN
Throughout his career, Robert Sain has pushed the boundaries for redefining education as central to the life of museums. He is known for organizing experimental exhibitions driven by artists’ commissions, public engagement, and social responsibility, and guiding art institutions through critical transformation and growth.
As executive director of Alabama Contemporary Art Center in Mobile (2011-2015), Sain inaugurated a new era inviting global talent to engage people in ideas that matter. He made his mark organizing large-scale thematic exhibitions including History Refused to Die, the largest show of African American artists ever presented in Mobile. He also initiated the organization’s new name, branding and identity.
In Silicon Valley, as executive director of Montalvo Arts Center (2006-2008), Sain led a repositioning of the institution as a regionally based contemporary arts center with global implications. He focused its international artists’ residencies on compelling issues of our time, as seen in the unprecedented initiative IRAQ: REFRAME, which created partnerships with cultural and educational organizations throughout the region.
From 1999-2006, Sain served as founding director of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s LACMALab, where he pioneered innovative large-scale exhibitions that were participatory and intergenerational. He challenged artists to produce new work for all ages and broke new ground in activating the permanent collection through artists’ interventions, re-installations, and studio activity. By bringing artists, art students, architects, and designers into the life of the institution, new models for exhibition design and museum practice were investigated.
As director of the Children’s Museum/Museo de los Niños in San Diego (1992-1999), Sain launched the first major organization dedicated to contemporary art for kids and their families with a special emphasis on bi-national projects with Mexico. Sain opened The Museum School, the first charter school in California to use contemporary art as the basis for curriculum.
Sain emerged as a leader in the art world by serving as the first development director for the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and later launching the first development office for the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. Originally from Atlanta, he studied European History at Emory University. Before entering the museum field, Sain worked in planning, evaluation, and community relations for an Atlanta-based health center serving low-income families.