The Nation’s Largest African American Video Oral History Collection Mobile search icon Mobile close search icon
Advanced Biography Search
Mobile navigation icon Close mobile navigation icon

Mary Schmidt Campbell

Share on Social Media

Information about Mary Schmidt Campbell

Profile image of Mary Schmidt Campbell

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Academic Administrator
Museum Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Oceans, Skiiing
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
10/21/1947
Birth Location:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Academic Administrator
Museum Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Oceans, Skiiing
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
10/21/1947
Birth Location:
Philadelphia
See how Mary Schmidt Campbell is related to other HistoryMakers

Biography

Born to Elaine and Harvey Schmidt in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on October 21, 1947, Mary Schmidt Campbell has distinguished herself as an educator and prominent advocate of the arts.

After earning a B.A. at Swarthmore College in 1969, Campbell taught English literature at Nkumbi International College in Zambia. Campbell returned to the U.S. and studied art history at Syracuse University, graduating with an M.A. in 1973. In 1974, she became both a curator of the Everson Museum of Fine Arts in Syracuse, New York and the art editor of Syracuse New Times.

From 1977 to 1987, Campbell served as Executive Director of the Studio Museum in Harlem, a fine arts museum that exhibits, collects and interprets the work of black artists. During this time, she earned a Ph.D. from Syracuse University. She then served as Commissioner of Cultural Affairs for the City of New York until 1991, managing an agency which funds New York cultural institutions and organizations.

After establishing herself as a leader in the field of arts and public policy, Campbell became Dean of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, a preeminent center of theatre and film. Many of the country's leading film directors, Broadway producers, actors and writers as well as theatre historians and critics have matriculated from the school, and recent graduates have won major awards at festivals around the world. Campbell has dramatically improved enrollment, funding and programs. She established and chairs the Department of Art and Public Policy.

Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell lectures nationally on arts policy issues and American cultural history; is professionally associated with various institutes and academies; and has frequently won awards for her good work. Campbell is married to physicist Dr. George Campbell, Jr. They have three sons: Garikai, Sekou and Britt, and three grandchildren.

Harlem Renaissance: Art of Black America / Introduction by Mary Schmidt Campbell, New York: Studio Museum in Harlem: Abradale Press, 1994.

The Life and Work of Romare Bearden will be published by Oxford University Press.

See how Mary Schmidt Campbell is related to other HistoryMakers
Loading...
Click Here To Explore The Archive Today!
  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Mary Schmidt Campbell's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Mary Schmidt Campbell lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Mary Schmidt Campbell describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Mary Schmidt Campbell describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Mary Schmidt Campbell talks about her parents' courtship
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Mary Schmidt Campbell describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Mary Schmidt Campbell describes her father's expectations for her
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Mary Schmidt Campbell recalls her childhood personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Mary Schmidt Campbell talks about her privileged childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Mary Schmidt Campbell describes her father's Civil Rights activism
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Mary Schmidt Campbell describes her father's personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Mary Schmidt Campbell talks about the social clubs in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Mary Schmidt Campbell remembers meeting her husband George for the first time
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Mary Schmidt Campbell describes her experience attending Girl's High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Mary Schmidt Campbell remembers her initial interest in the arts
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Mary Schmidt Campbell describes the influence of the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Mary Schmidt Campbell describes her sister's personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Mary Schmidt Campbell describes her experience at Swarthmore College
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Mary Schmidt Campbell talks about diversity at Swarthmore College
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Mary Schmidt Campbell recalls her reaction to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Mary Schmidt Campbell discusses her interest in art history
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Mary Schmidt Campbell talks about getting married and moving to Zambia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Mary Schmidt Campbell describes her experience in Zambia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Mary Schmidt Campbell describes her community in Zambia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Mary Schmidt Campbell remembers her mother's visit after Garikai Campbell was born
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Mary Schmidt Campbell describes the treatment of women in Zambia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Mary Schmidt Campbell discusses her experience at Syracuse University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Mary Schmidt Campbell talks about moving to New Brunswick, New Jersey in 1977
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Mary Schmidt Campbell recalls the reputation of the Studio Museum in Harlem
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Mary Schmidt Campbell describes becoming Executive Director at the Studio Museum in Harlem
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Mary Schmidt Campbell recalls her work to revitalize the Studio Museum in Harlem, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Mary Schmidt Campbell recalls her work to revitalize the Studio Museum in Harlem, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Mary Schmidt describes her proudest achievements at the Studio Museum in Harlem
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Mary Schmidt Campbell reflects on the artistic community at the Studio Museum in Harlem
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Mary Schmidt Campbell talks about the legacy of the Studio Museum in Harlem
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Mary Schmidt Campbell describes becoming New York City's Cultural Affairs Commissioner
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Mary Schmidt Campbell describes her experience as New York City's Cultural Affairs Commissioner
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Mary Schmidt Campbell describes her goals as New York City's Cultural Affairs Commissioner
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Mary Schmidt Campbell describes her proudest accomplishment as New York City's Cultural Affairs Commissioner
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Mary Schmidt Campbell reflects on her experience as New York City's Cultural Affairs Commissioner
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Mary Schmidt Campbell discusses becoming Dean at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Mary Schmidt Campbell talks about her hopes for New York University's Tisch School of the Arts
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Mary Schmidt Campbell describes how the Tisch School of the Arts has grown under her leadership
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Mary Schmidt Campbell talks about cultural diversity
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Mary Schmidt Campbell talks about making difficult decisions at the Studio Museum in Harlem
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Mary Schmidt Campbell shares her views of contemporary black arts movements
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Mary Schmidt Campbell talks about the Harlem Renaissance
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Mary Schmidt Campbell lists some of her favorite black artists
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Mary Schmidt Campbell shares her perspective on the arts
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Mary Schmidt Campbell talks about her marriage to George Campbell
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Mary Schmidt Campbell talks about moving from Harlem to the East Village
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Mary Schmidt Campbell talks about her family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Mary Schmidt Campbell reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Mary Schmidt Campbell talks about how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Mary Schmidt Campbell narrates her photographs