Daphne Anderson Deeds | Curriculum Vitae
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Curriculum Vitae


University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
Doctoral program, History of Art, concentration on twentieth century art
Two years of course work, comprehensive and language exams completed

New York University, New York City, New York
Coursework at Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising, New York University

University of California, Berkeley, California
BA, History of Art, concentration on twentieth century art

Westlake School for Girls, Beverly Hills, California


  • Appointed by the Governor as museum expert to Connecticut Library Board, 8 years
  • Appointed by Governor as member of the Connecticut Heritage Foundation, 8 years
  • Governor’s Art Award, State of Nebraska, for Sheldon Statewide
  • Associate Fellow, Jonathan Edwards College, Yale University, 10 years
  • Elected member of New York Chapter of Arttable, 18 years
  • Fellow, Timothy Dwight College, Yale University, 2 years
  • Smithsonian Institution Research Fellowship, National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C.
  • Merit Award, American Association of Museums Of Time and the City: American Modernism from the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, University of Pennsylvania Press
  • Fellowship Award for Academic Achievement, University of Chicago
  • The University of California Mildred Jordan Sharp Torch and Shield Award for women with specific career goals
  • Guggenheim Museum, New York, Internship: catalogued Baroness Hilla von Rebay papers


Executive Director: Weir Art Center, Wilton, Connecticut. Initiated and organized educational programs that sustain the legacy of American artist Julian Alden Weir, including an artist-in-residence program, children’s art and nature classes, lectures, exhibitions, publications, membership campaigns and fundraising events. 4 years

Senior Curator of Exhibitions and Programs: Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut. Head of Department of Exhibitions and Programs, member of Core Management Team. Oversaw long-range exhibition schedule, exhibition budgets, installation designs, publications and graphic design. Administered interdepartmental programming related to the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions. Developed, administered interdisciplinary symposia, lectures and special projects. Administered teaching exhibition program in conjunction with campus-wide courses.  4 years

Graduate Review Panelist: Visual Studies Program, School of Architecture, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.  3 years

Assistant Director/Chief Curator: Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery and Sculpture Garden, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Curator of comprehensive collection of American art in all media and periods, and curator of all exhibitions. Organized and administered long-range exhibition schedule; supervised 8 professional positions; Acting Director during Director’s absence; Supervised 12 staff members; initiated Collectors’ Forum, an upper-level donor group; initiated Sheldon Statewide, an annual touring exhibition that circulates to 10 rural venues per year; secured the Stuart Embury American Art Library. 10 years

Faculty Member: Museum Studies Program, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Instructor, interdisciplinary graduate seminar on exhibition theory and practice.  3 years

Guest Curator and Lecturer: Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, Arizona. Selected paintings from the collections of the Tucson Museum of Art, University of Arizona Museum of Art, Phoenix Art Museum and the Art Collections of Arizona State University, for the exhibition “Arizona Collects: Twentieth Century Painting,” and lecture “Collecting in Arizona”. 1 year

Guest Curator and Lecturer: Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona.  Selected works and wrote catalog essay for the retrospective exhibition, William Penhallow Henderson: Master Colorist of Santa Fe,” and lecture “William Penhallow Henderson: A Search for Harmony”. 1 year

Field Researcher:  National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C. Cataloged and photographed portraits throughout Arizona and southern California for the Catalog of American Portraits. 18 months

Chief Researcher and Assistant Editor: University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson, Arizona. Conducted original research and wrote catalog entries for the first catalog of the permanent collection. 2years

Assistant Curator: David and Alfred Smart Museum, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois. Author of brochure on nineteenth century French bronze sculpture in the permanent collection, assisted curator with preparations for exhibitions. 1 year


  • Guest Juror, maineartscene.com annual online exhibition
  • Guest Juror 2012 Biennial exhibition, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, Maine
  • Director, The Great Outside, Camden, Maine, outsider art exhibition and sale in collaboration with Motivational Services, Inc. and Center for Maine Contemporary Art
  • Truman Seymour, Weir Farm Art Center
  • Alfred H. Maurer: American Modern, Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, traveled to 6 venues
  • Private Realisms, Jonathan Edwards College, Yale University
  • The Unmapped Body: 3 Black British Artists, Yale University Art Gallery, co-sponsored by Yale Center for British Art
  • Hawaiian Eye: Collecting Contemporary Art with Thurston Twigg-Smith,  Yale University Art Gallery
  • America Seen, Regionalist and American scene paintings from the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, circulated to 10 U.S. Museums
  • Interpreting the Great Hall: Catherine Ferguson, site-specific installation, Sheldon Art Museum
  • Inside the Dance: Drawings by Terry Rosenberg, Sheldon Art Museum
  • Dislocated Emblems: Recent Work by Warren Rosser, a Sheldon Solo exhibition, Sheldon Art Museum
  • Woven Vessels: Contemporary American Baskets, Sheldon Art Museum
  • Two Guys from Lincoln: Craig Roper and Cameron Shaw, Sheldon Art Museum
  • Robert Henri: Nebraska’s Favorite Son, circulated to 8 U.S. museums, Sheldon Art Museum
  • 7 Artists (Who Happen to be Women), Bemis Foundation, Omaha, Nebraska
  • A Personal Geometry: Paintings by Martha Horvay, Sheldon Art Museum
  • Off the Wall: Constructed Paintings, Sheldon Art Museum
  • Findings: Assemblages by Fumiyo Kaneko, Sheldon Art Museum
  • Of Time and the City: American Modernism from the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, Circulated to 10 U.S. museums under the auspices of the American Federation of Arts
  • American Impression from the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, circulated to 11 U.S. Museums.  Re-organized as Capturing the Light: American Impressionism
  • In Black and White, Sheldon Art Museum
  • Sheldon Solo: David Simpson, Sheldon Art Museum
  • In Residence: 15 Artists from the Bemis Foundation, Sheldon Art Museum
  • One Hundred Years of American Prints, selected from the permanent collection in celebration of the Nebraska Art Association Centennial, Sheldon Art Museum
  • One Hundred American Photographs, selected from the permanent collection in celebration of the Nebraska Art Association Centennial, Sheldon Art Museum
  • Rhythmic Clay, ceramic sculpture by Jun Kaneko, Sheldon Art Museum
  • William Penhallow Henderson: Master Colorist of Santa Fe, Phoenix Art Museum, circulated to Museum of Western Art, Denver, Colorado


  • African drum parade through New Haven and into the Yale University Art Gallery sculpture garden to attract new visitors for an Exhibition of Baule art
  • French Street Fair on Chapel Street to celebrate an exhibition of Lautrec’s prints and posters at the Yale University Art Gallery
  • The Ridgefield Roadshow, nationally renowned appraisers assessed objects at the Ridgefield Community Center as fundraiser for the Weir Art Center, Ridgefield Connecticut
  • My Dearest Anna, original play based on J. Alden Weir’s letters to his wife, starring Edward Hermann at the Wilton Playhouse for the Weir Art Center
  • SAMBA! Gala dinner and art auction for the Weir Art Center, $125,000 net proceeds
  • A Night in Tunisia, gala dinner and art auction for the Weir Art Center,$250,000 net proceeds
  • Sheldon Statewide, a ten-year annual thematic exhibition series that traveled to 10 small towns in Nebraska where local residents were trained as docents. Received the Governor’s Art Award


  • Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, “The Mysterious Alfred Maurer”
  • Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Greensburg, Pennsylvania, Keynote speaker at symposium, “Alfred Maurer: The First American Modern”
  • Sotheby’s Museum Education Program, New York City, “The Mystery of the Familiar”
  • University of Nebraska, Omaha, “The Mystery of the Familiar,” Music and Masters Series
  • Boise Museum of Art, Boise, Idaho, “Robert Henri: Nebraska’s Favorite Son”
  • Wichita Museum of Art, Wichita, Kansas, “Impressionism: The American Response”
  • Center for the Arts, Flint, Michigan, “Impressionism: The American Response”
  • Flint Institute of Arts, Flint, Michigan, “American Impressionism”
  • Crocker Museum of Art, Sacramento, California, “Some Indigenous Sources of American Modernism”
  • Minnesota Museum of Art, St. Paul, Minnesota, “American Impressionism: Not Just Pretty Pictures”
  • J.B. Speed Museum, Louisville, Kentucky, “Some Indigenous Sources of American Modernism”
  • Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, Arizona, “Collecting in Arizona”
  • Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona, “William Penhallow Henderson: A Search for Harmony”


  • Organizer, the Adair Burlingham Memorial Lectures, Weir Art Center, Wilton, Connecticut
  • Panelist, symposium on Alfred Maurer, Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Pennsylvania
  • Organizer and Administrator, “Outside In: Visionaries and Intuitives in Museums”, Lyman Allyn Art Museum, New London, Connecticut
  • American Legal Institute-American Bar Association, “Legal Problems of Museum Administration”, course of study, Seattle, Washington
  • Guest Juror, Fred Wells Annual Exhibition, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Facilitator, NEH funded scholar-consultant panel to consider interdisciplinary meanings of pending exhibition and catalog, interpreting the work of Myer Myers, Jewish-American colonial silversmith, Yale University Art Gallery
  • Organizer, Connecticut Humanities Council funded focus group to consider public meanings of pending exhibition, and programs related to the work of Myer Myers, Jewish-American colonial silversmith, Yale University Art Gallery
  • Organizer, “Conversation”, an informal public discussion between three British artists, graduate students and faculty, moderated by the Chair, Yale African-American Studies Department, Yale University
  • Panelist, “Manipulations, Time and Timelessness: Kremen’s Collage Aesthetic,” a symposium with fellow panelists Buzz Spector and Richard Shiff, Green Hill Center for North Carolina Art, Durham
  • Organizer, “The Art of Shaker Craftsmanship,” a symposium at the Sheldon Gallery that augmented the exhibition, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Moderator and Organizer, “No Laughing Matter,” a symposium at the Sheldon Gallery in response to the exhibition of contemporary art using humor to critique social and political issues, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Chair, “Getting the Show on the Road: Nationally Circulated Exhibitions from the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery,” panel presentation, Mountain-Plains Museums Association annual meeting, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Presenter, Midwest Art History Society eighteenth annual meeting, Modern Session, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas
  • Panelist, “The Potent Landscape,” a symposium organized by the Department of Art and Art History, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Member, 10-person national colloquium on autoradiography organized by the Conservation Analytical Laboratory, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
  • Moderator and Organizer, “Morality Tales: History Painting in the 1980s,” a symposium at the Sheldon Art Museum in response to the exhibition circulated by the Grey Art Gallery and Study Center, New York University

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