The Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) in Texas has named Indian-American Gowri Natarajan Sharma as its new board president. Sharma is the first person of colour to chair the board in the institution’s 119-year history. DMA is among the ten largest art museums in the US.
Gowri Natarajan Sharma joined the DMA Board of Trustees in 2017 and previously served on the Executive Committee as Vice President. Sharma was co-chair of the Strategic Planning Committee with Tom Lentz and chaired the Learning & Engagement Committee. She currently serves on the Building & Grounds Committee and is a member of the DMA Acquisition Fund created by the Dallas Art Fair. Sharma was a founding board member of UNICEF North Texas and Central Plains Region. She has been an Executive Member of the Orchid Giving Circle at Texas Women’s Foundation (TXWF) and will be on the Executive Board and Programs Committee Chair at TXWF in the coming year. Sharma is Chair of the Construction Committee and an Executive Committee Member at The Lamplighter School. She currently sits on the Advisory Board of talkStem. Sharma holds a Master’s in Architecture and serves as an architectural advisor for her family’s business interests. Sharma succeeds Catherine Marcus Rose in her role as President of the Board of Trustees.
Incidentally, another PIO, Dr. Venugopal Menon is also the Member of the Board and currently serves on the Executive and Investment Committees and is Chair of the Marketing Committee.