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Sotheby’s Institute of Art-New York Appoints Kay Chubbuck as Director of Non-Degree Programs

Christine Kuan, Director/CEO of Sotheby’s Institute of Art-New York, announced the appointment of Kay Chubbuck to the role of Director of Non-Degree Programs. In this role, Chubbuck will oversee all Non-Degree programs, including Summer Study, Online Education, Professional Education, new media educational content for the Web and TV, and the Institute’s new Pre-College Summer Academy. Kay Chubbuck brings two decades of experience in educational management, teaching, art market knowledge, and art historical scholarship to Sotheby’s Institute of Art.

“Dr. Chubbuck possesses a rare background in higher education and pre-college education that marries art history with new technologies in today’s global educational market,” said Kuan. “Her experience in teaching at Princeton University, assessment for AP Art History, scholarly work on the influence of Asian art on 19th century European Art, and her understanding of working with a large and diverse, multi-cultural student body is essential to the future growth of our programs for professionals and young adults.”

“I am very excited to work with the faculty and staff at Sotheby’s Institute of Art to create a suite of engaging, creative, and innovative courses for a wide range of audiences. I am especially looking forward to the launch of the Pre-College Summer Academy, which will offer high-school students the opportunity to experience Sotheby’s trademark combination of academic excellence with real-world experiences in New York City museums, galleries, and auction houses.”

Prior to this appointment, Chubbuck served as the Lead for the Advanced Placement (AP) program in Art History at Educational Testing Service (ETS) in Princeton, New Jersey. In this role, she worked closely with the College Board on the multimillion-dollar redesign of the AP Art History curriculum, transforming it from a standard western survey course to a global survey covering all major areas of world art from prehistory to the present.

“Dr. Chubbuck possesses a rare background in higher education and pre-college education that marries art history with new technologies in today’s global educational market”

Chubbuck has a proven track record of working closely with university faculty, museum educators, and high-school teachers in creating the new AP Art History curriculum, which is offered in approximately 2,500 schools worldwide. She also has a deep knowledge of new technologies through collaborating with hundreds of art history faculty across multiple platforms in-person and online.

An experienced lecturer, Chubbuck has taught courses on Impressionism through Modernism, among other topics, at Princeton University, at the U.S. Naval Academy, and at the University of Oxford in England. She has lectured at Tate Britain, at the Freer Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, and at the Royal Geographical Society in London. Her current research will culminate in a book on the 19th century fascination with Japan. She has served on an academic advisory panel for museum education at the Art Institute of Chicago, and on selection committees for the Rhodes scholarship. She has also worked as an international correspondent for Newsweek Magazine, reporting from London, Paris, and Beijing.

Furthermore, Chubbuck has over a decade of experience with the art market through her work with a private collection of early American folk art. She has worked with the owner to research and care for the collection, writing object labels and promotional materials, and providing advice on new acquisitions and the staging of exhibitions at art fairs and shows.

Chubbuck holds a Master’s and a Doctoral degree from the University of Oxford in England, which she pursued on a Rhodes scholarship; a Master’s in journalism from Northwestern University, with a focus on arts reporting; and a Bachelor’s degree magna cum laude in English and Comparative Literature, with concentration in Art History, from Columbia University.

She will begin her role at Sotheby’s Institute of Art-New York on November 19, 2018.

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