Sandi Chin

Since 2002, Sandi Chin has been the Director of Community Exhibitions at Dominican as well an Art history teacher whose behind-the-scenes actions have provided bountiful opportunities for students and helped showcase Dominican’s programs and campus.

Thanks to her connections as an independent curator and her contributions – many accomplished volunteering her own time and energy -- Dominican has attracted numerous acclaimed artists, photographers, celebrities, philanthropists, and influential people from ethnically diverse backgrounds to participate in and witness exhibitions in galleries in Alemany Library and the Joseph R. Fink Science Center.

In recent years, Chin’s list of exciting exhibitions have included “Our Fertile Ground: Helping South African Children with HIV/AIDS,” a project trumpeted by Cheryl Jennings, a news anchor for KGO-TV in San Francisco, which donated $15,000 in air time to promote the Dominican event. Jennings and several KGO management team members attended the opening reception, spurring coverage and increasing Dominican’s name recognition.

Other noteworthy thought-provoking, well-attended exhibitions facilitated by Chin have been “Celebrating Women: The Photographs of Paola Gianturco” which originated in UNESCO Paris and was shown in several major museums before arriving in Dominican; “The Disposal Truth: Plastic Pollution in the Bay” featuring the work of artists Richard and Judith Lang who appeared on CBS Sunday Morning and other television interviews’ and another show curated by student volunteers in Chin’s Art History classes  – “Bridging Communities: From the Heart” -- which supported Opportunity for Independence, a Marin non-profit organization.

“I wanted to bring more people in the Bay Area to Dominican to heighten the awareness of what a wonderful school this is,” says Chin, explaining her role. “In my little ways I also wanted to steer the students into becoming more responsible citizens.”

Chin’s Museum Studies class, in fact, recently curated “Transformation: The Art of Chris Hardman,” an exhibition that examines the study of human perception and how the mind transform visual information.

Beginning in 2013, Chin has two other exceptional exhibitions lined up. In Alemany Library, Matt Herron, who was a photographer for LIFE magazine while living in Mississippi in the 60s, will present a exhibit in time for February, Black History Month, of his photography surrounding the Civil Rights Movement. In the Fink science building, 1966 Dominican alum Mary Anne Ho and Terese Bartholomew, curator emeritus of the Asian Art Museum, will co-present “The Wonderful World of Plants” paintings.

This is a big coupe for Chin.

“I am constantly amazed at the way she can take a glimmer of an idea and create an appealing and thoughtful professional exhibit,” says Dr. Marty Nelson, former dean of Dominican’s School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. “Whenever possible, she involves students in her work as curator and they learn from her as a mentor. Sandi does not take credit for much of what she does and, as a result, I don't think many on campus know that she is the force behind the summer and upstairs exhibits in the library gallery and the exhibits in the science building.”