Sarah Schroth


Nasher Museum of Art


Sarah Schroth has been Mary D.B.T. and James H. Semans Director of the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University since 2013. She has been with Duke since 1995, when she joined the former Duke University Museum of Art as curator and helped launch the Nasher Museum in 2005. While at the Nasher, Schroth curated numerous exhibitions ranging from old masters to contemporary art, including the award-winning 2008 exhibition, El Greco to Velázquez: Art during the Reign of Philip III. As a result of that exhibition, which she co-organized with the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Schroth was named knight-commander in the Order of Isabel la Católica by King Juan Carlos I of Spain. On campus, Schroth is chair of Duke’s Council on the Arts, working to promote the arts as one of five priorities in the university’s strategic plan. She also chairs President Richard H. Brodhead's Art Advisory Committee overseeing public sculpture on campus. She teaches as an adjunct professor in Duke’s Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies.
Schroth earned a Ph.D. from The Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. Before coming to Duke, she held curatorial positions at the Kimbell Museum in Fort Worth, Texas; the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.; and the Ackland Art Museum at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.