The High Museum of Art in Atlanta has appointed Sarah Kennel as its curator of photography, a position she currently holds at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts. She starts at the museum on July 1.
“I am delighted to join the High at a vital moment of growth for the photography program and am inspired by the institution’s commitment to curatorial excellence, relevance, and equity,” Kennel stated in a release. “The High has played a key role in defining the range of American photographic practice, especially with its commitment to civil rights and Southern photography.”
The High holds one of the largest collections of photography from the Civil Rights Movement, and the museum’s gallery for photography recently expanded by 3,000 square feet during the museum’s collection reinstallation. Among the photographers in its collection are such artists as Eugene Atget, Wynn Bullock, Harry Callahan, and Evelyn Hofer.
Rand Suffolk, director of the High, said, “Sarah’s myriad accomplishments as a curator and scholar, together with her commitment to innovation and inclusion, make her exceptionally well-suited to lead the continued growth of our active photography department.”