Kim Sajet (pronounced Say-et), is director of the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. Coming to the gallery in April 2013, Sajet oversees a staff of sixty-five with an annual federal budget of about $9 million (fiscal year 2013) and a collection of about 21,000 objects.
Prior to joining NPG, Sajet was president and CEO of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, from 2007 to 2013. Previously she was senior vice president and deputy director of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the oldest art museum and school in the country. From 1998 until 2001, Sajet served as director of corporate relations at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and served first as curator and then the director of two Australian art museums from 1989 until 1995. In addition to twenty years of arts management experience, she has written a number of scholarly
publications, curated permanent-collection and touring exhibitions, and spoken at academic symposia. Her most recent publication was on American artists who worked in Dutch art colonies between 1880 and 1914. Sajet earned a master’s degree in art history at Bryn Mawr College; a master’s degree in business administration at Melbourne University Business School in Australia; a bachelor’s degree, also in art history, at Melbourne University; and a graduate diploma in museum studies from Deakin University in Australia. She has completed arts leadership training at the Harvard Business School, the Getty, and National Arts Strategies. Born in Nigeria, she was raised in Australia and is a citizen of the Netherlands. She also speaks Dutch and French.