Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Indian-Americans on board of Dallas Museum of Art

The decision was announced, after the election held by the museum’s present board to approve the new 2022–2023 board

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The Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) in Texas, one of the ten largest art museums in the US, recently named Indian American Gowri Natarajan Sharma as its new board President, making her the first person of colour to chair the board in the institution’s 119-year history. The decision was announced, after the election held by the museum’s present board to approve the new 2022–2023 board.

According to a release from the DMA, Sharma has been on the museum’s board since 2017, and is currently a member of the acquisitions committee. She has served on the executive committee as vice president; co-chair of the strategic planning committee and chaired the learning & engagement committee. She currently serves on the building & grounds committee and is a member of the DMA Acquisition Fund created by the Dallas Art Fair.

An active philanthropist, she was a founding board member of UNICEF’s North Texas and Central Plains chapter and executive member of the Orchid Giving Circle at Texas Women’s Foundation (TXWF). Sharma is chair of the construction committee and an executive committee member at The Lamplighter School and sits on the advisory board of talkStem. She holds a master’s degree in architecture and serves as an advisor for her family’s business.

  • Dr Menon retired from Texas Instruments in 2019 after a 24-year career. He has served in a wide variety of roles on the board of trustees at DMA since 2009, including as a member of the budget & finance committee and treasurer.

  • He currently serves on the executive and investment committees and is chair of the marketing committee and is a member of the executive board of the Lyle School of Engineering at SMU.

With an endowment of around $270 million, the DMA is one of America’s biggest museums.

The new board of DMA has also added another Indian-American trustee Dr Venugopal Menon. The new board officers and trustees represent diverse backgrounds, international leadership expertise and distinction in business, technology, building design and creative industries, according to a release by the DMA.

Dr Menon retired from Texas Instruments in 2019 after a 24-year career. He has served in a wide variety of roles on the board of trustees at DMA since 2009, including as a member of the budget & finance committee and treasurer. He currently serves on the executive and investment committees and is chair of the marketing committee and is a member of the executive board of the Lyle School of Engineering at SMU.

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Tirthankar Ghosh
Tirthankar Ghosh is a senior journalist and presently Managing Editor, Newsline Publications. He has also been writing for well over 15 years for the New York-based Air Cargo News Flying Typers.

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