Daphne is a long time colleague whose work as a curator, writer, and administrator is exemplary. She has an unusually complete set of skills – including great powers of persuasion. Her qualifications are sterling.
Richard Armstrong, Director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation
Rarely in the world of art does one combine passion for the subject, in all its forms and with all its possibilities, an imaginative and inspiring approach to curating, high academic achievement, publications of merit, strategic acumen and financial and administrative nous, in the way epitomized by Daphne Deeds. It’s no wonder she is as cherished by artists as she is respected by museum professionals, collectors, donors and colleagues. Her warmth, humour and integrity are icing on the cake.
Susan Ferleger Brades, Director, The Hayward Gallery, London, 1996-2004
Working with Daphne Anderson Deeds as co-curator of the CMCA 2012 Biennial Exhibition was a true pleasure. Daphne is a consummate art professional, who brought her discerning eye, aesthetic curiosity, and solid knowledge of art history to the project. She assisted with reviewing over 400 individual submissions from which the final 17 artists were selected and she was hands-on throughout the installation process. The result is an exhibition that has received praise from both visitors and critics. I very much look forward to the opportunity to work with Daphne again on future exhibition projects.
Suzette McAvoy, Director, CMCA, Center for Maine Contemporary Art
It was a great pleasure working with Daphne to develop the content for the website of artist Fay Lansner. She incorporated her deep knowledge of art history, stellar research skills, expert eye and elegant writing to both curate the artwork and write several essays for the site www.FayLansner.com. As importantly as her expertise, she approached the project with great passion and enthusiasm.
Erica Lansner, Co-Director FayLansnerArt, LLC
My association with Daphne at the Yale University Art Gallery led me to invite her as a visiting critic for reviews in both the Visual Studies and Freehand Drawing courses that I taught at the School of Architecture. Daphne has proven to be an excellent critic with the thoughtfulness of comment that reveals her skills as a teacher. One of Daphne’s greatest skills is her interest and ability to pursue the arts in interdisciplinary fields. Her comments were perceptive and as germane to architects as I’m sure they would be to anyone in the arts. Her expansive knowledge of all the arts is evident in her thoughts.
William Butler III, Senior Partner, Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, New Haven, Connecticut
Daphne is a scholar of American modernism who writes well and with ease. She is able to fashion an exhibition catalogue essay that both interprets the art in ways that are accessible to undergraduates who have not studied art history and at the same time places the art in an art historical context. Working with her is a pleasure.
Professor Gary Haller, Master of Jonathan Edwards College, Yale University 1996-2009
Daphne’s creative energy and enthusiasm brings out the best in people.
Joan Macri, Executive Committee member, Weir Farm Art Center
“Daphne is that type of leader who knows what it takes to keep arts organizations relevant in our ever changing world.”
Billy Fong, Senior Development Manager, High Art Museum
Daphne is a consummate professional with great knowledge, sensitivity, and a delight to work with.
Terry Rosenberg, Artist, New York City
Daphne Deeds is a stellar curator who excels in creating imaginative, engaging exhibitions. Her skills in overseeing our museum’s curatorial and education departments were exemplary, acknowledging the professional expertise of every one of our staff members!
Karen Janovy, Curator of Education, Sheldon Art Museum