Director, 92nd Street Y School of the Arts
A member of 92nd Street Y's management team since 1987, Robert Gilson was named director of the 92nd Street Y School of the Arts in 1993. The school, one of 92Y's eight programming divisions, comprises the organization's art, music and dance education programs, as well as an active arts outreach program that brings the joy of the arts to 7,000 public elementary school children in East Harlem. Before joining 92Y in 1987, Bob held several arts management positions, including Director for Special Programs in Art at Skidmore College and Director of the School of the Arts at Chautauqua Institution.
Bob is a formally trained photographer who has exhibited and published both photographs and articles in Europe and North America. His work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Vermont Council on the Arts. He is a member of the Society of Photographic Education, as well as the College Art Association. Bob has served on advisory panels for the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He has taught and lectured extensively at Skidmore College, the Rochester Institute of Technology, the State University of New York at Brockport and elsewhere.
Bob received a BS in English from Castleton State College and an MA in photography from the State University of New York at Buffalo.