Wendy Woon, The Edward John Noble Foundation Deputy Director for Education at The Museum of Modern Art, has more than 30 years of experience in museum education. Ms. Woon oversees all areas of MoMA’s Department of Education, where she focuses on transforming museum education for the 21st century through experimental, collaborative, and research-based pedagogy. Since joining MoMA in 2006, she has initiated, led, and participated in cross-institutional initiatives that are key to the organization’s future.
From 1995 to 2006, Ms. Woon served as The Beatrice Cummings Mayer Director of Education at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Upon the opening of the new MCA building and Education Center, she oversaw the expansion of new programming designed for people of all ages. She taught and advised at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the Master of Arts programs in both Art Education and Museum Administration. She previously served as Head of the Department of Education, Extension, and Programming at the Art Gallery of Hamilton in Ontario, Canada.
Ms. Woon is currently an adjunct professor at New York University’s Master of Arts in Visual Arts Administration program, where she teaches Art Education in Museums as a laboratory class. She also has experience as an animator, filmmaker, curator, and museum and curriculum consultant. She has presented nationally and internationally at venues including the Benaki Museum, Athens; the Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro; the 8th Mercosul Biennial, Porto Allegre, Brazil; Universidad Iberoamericana, Puebla, Mexico; The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg; Qatar Museums, Qatar; Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo; The Israel Museum, Jerusalem; and Aspen Ideas Festival, Aspen. She is a member of the Thirteen/WLIW Community Advisory Board and the Visiting Committee of the J. Paul Getty Museum.
Ms. Woon holds a BFA (1979) from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, and an MFA (1982) from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
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