LAWRENCE – The Hall Center for the Humanities has appointed Sarah Bishop as its associate director. She previously served as interim associate director from November 2017-June 2018.
Prior to coming to the University of Kansas, Bishop was the chief communications officer for the Lawrence Arts Center, where she oversaw marketing, fundraising and database operations. She also served as the director of the 2015 and 2016 Free State Festivals. In these roles, Bishop helped to successfully obtain grant funding from agencies including the ArtPlace America Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, Humanities Kansas, the Rice Foundation and the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission.
“In the short time that I have been serving in this role, Sarah has stood out as exceptional at her job,” said Marta Caminero-Santangelo, interim director of the Hall Center. “During a time of transition, Sarah has stewarded the Hall Center’s excellent programs; she is also a gifted fundraiser and passionate advocate of public humanities, skilled at building relationships both on and off campus. She has her finger on the pulse of what the community wants to see in terms of meaningful, relevant humanities public programming. Her appointment as associate director ensures that her many strengths will continue to support and advance the Hall Center’s mission.”
“I am honored to accept the position as associate director of the Hall Center for the Humanities at the University of Kansas,” Bishop said. “I come to work every day knowing that, thanks to our incredible staff, engaged faculty and visionary donors, I get to be part of an institution that is enhancing our community and our region by providing fresh perspectives on what it means to be human.”
Bishop earned her bachelor's degree in English literature from Northwestern University, where she graduated with honors, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, and her doctorate in 20th century American literature and film from the University of Virginia.
She sits on the board of the Johnson County Arts Council and KU’s Friends of the Theatre, and she is a founding board member of City PlayCorps Inc.
Bishop is also the co-director of the Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities at KU.