Mary Kennedy


Mary is responsible for all aspects of the art museum to ensure that it is a pedagogical resource for Hendrix College and a cultural asset to central Arkansas. She provides leadership and strategic planning for the museum, curates exhibitions, oversees acquisitions to the permanent collection, and writes publications and didactic materials. She also supervises and trains museum staff, including students. Prior to coming to Hendrix College, she served as the longtime CEO of the Mid-America Arts Alliance. Mary brings more than 30 years of leadership experience in the arts and humanities, with an extensive background in strategic planning, financial management, exhibition development, collection management, and fundraising. Mary received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from the University of Kansas and her Master of Arts degree in Museum Studies/Art History from the University of Southern California. 


Amanda Cheatham


Amanda is responsible for the safe display and storage of all artwork at the museum. She oversees the permanent collection, coordinates the care of all loan objects, supervises exhibition installations, and manages the facility. Additionally, she manages the design and production of all printed and web-based materials. Prior to coming to the museum, Amanda served as the Assistant to the Provost’s Office for more than 20 years. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Arts and her Bachelor of Science in Art Education from the University of Arkansas—Fayetteville.


Sarah Donaghy

Education Curator

Sarah builds strong bridges to students, faculty, staff, and community members in order to make the museum accessible and meaningful for everyone. Her responsibilities include developing educational programs, hands-on activities, school tours, and group tours. Central to Donaghy’s responsibilities are managing, training, and mentoring the 20-25 paid student Gallery Educators employed at the museum each semester. Prior to coming to the museum, Sarah served as the Coordinator of Community Partnerships at Hendrix College. Sarah received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Lyon College and her Master of Public Administration from Arkansas State University.

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