Gary Garrido Schneider is an artist, educator and museum administrator who currently serves as the Executive Director of Grounds For Sculpture.
Prior to that appointment, for 12 years he held various senior leadership roles at the Montclair Art Museum serving as the Director of the Yard School of Art, Director of Education and then as the Deputy Director. He has over 20 years’ experience and commitment to making the visual arts accessible to a broad range of audiences through his work in museums, universities and community non-profits including Studio in a School, Brooklyn Museum, The Drawing Center, Parsons School of Design and the Associated Blind. He has a B.F.A. degree from Parsons School of Design and K-12 Art Education Certification through Bank Street College.
Gary is a graduate of the prestigious Getty Museum Leadership Institute at Claremont Graduate School and the Teacher Institute in Museum Education (TIME) at the Art Institute of Chicago. As an active voice within the museum field he regularly presents at national conferences and serves as a peer reviewer for the American Alliance of Museums and as a grant panelist for the Institute of Museum and Library Services. In 2012 he was a guest of the US Embassy and el Museo del Oro in Colombia to deliver a series of lectures on museums and community engagement.
He currently serves as a trustee for ArtPride NJ a statewide arts advocacy organization and Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce. Previous board service includes treasurer for the New York City Museum Educators Roundtable (2007-2013), treasurer for the Montclair CSA (2004-present), and advisory committee for Arts High School in Newark NJ.