McKissick Museum names new director
Dr. Jane Przybysz has returned to the University of South Carolina McKissick Museum as its new director.
Przybysz, former executive director of the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, succeeds Lynn Robertson, who retired earlier this month.
From 1993-1998, before taking the post in San Jose, Przybysz was curator of research and folklife at McKissick, where she curated an exhibit of contemporary African-American quilts, as well as “Knowing Nature,” a survey of early natural history study in the Southeast. She also served as project director of the NEH-funded Jewish Heritage Project that spawned the national traveling exhibition, “A Portion of the People: 300 Years of Southern Jewish Life.”
While in San Jose, she forged a partnership with Tsinghua University’s Fiber Arts Institute to co-curate the first exhibit of contemporary Chinese fiber art in the United States and launched a signature event -- the International TECHstyle Art Biennial -- to coincide with San Jose’s biennial art and technology festival. She also secured the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles a permanent home in the city’s arts and entertainment district, successfully managing a capital campaign and facility project.
In addition to her continued interest in textiles as key to understanding the history of women and performance, Przybysz follows emerging contemporary craft theory and how contemporary artists address social justice issues.
Przybysz earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Emory University, a master’s degree in theater directing from Teachers College, Columbia University and a Ph.D. in performance studies from New York University. She has been involved in many community engagement projects while in San Jose, including serving on the boards of ARTSHIFT San Jose and the San Jose Downtown Association Foundation. She has also been published and presented in numerous publications on textiles.
“The college is delighted that we were able to recruit a nationally recognized arts administrator like Dr. Przybysz to lead our treasured McKissick Museum,” said Dr. Mary Anne Fitzpatrick, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.
The McKissick Museum was established to serve as a general university museum and to engage in education, research and collections development, as well as campus and public service. Today it provides educational, family-friendly exhibitions and public programming that enrich our culture and community and preserves the rich heritage of the University of South Carolina and the Palmetto State.