Name: Sylvia Augustus
KCJMCA Title: Vice President
Years on KCJMCA Board: 3
Other KCJMCA Activities: Chair of the Membership Committee; Past Urban Suburban Event Co-chair
Sylvia Rose Augustus is a native New Yorker, who moved to the Kansas City Metro seven years ago. Sylvia holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington University in St. Louis; a Master of Arts in Historic Preservation from Cornell University and a Master’s of Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley. Sylvia was extremely fortunate that her career path allowed her to spend almost five years living and working in Yosemite National Park as the park preservation architect. During which time she spent her free time taking photographs while exploring the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. Sylvia has shown and sold her photography and paintings in the Kansas City Metro. Currently she is the Regional Historic Preservation and Fine Arts Officer for the Midwest Region at the General Services Administration. Sylvia spends her free time traveling, painting, volunteering for local organizations, taking pictures and writing short stories. She resides in Kansas City, Kansas in a historic house with her husband Scott and their dogs.
Why are you involved with the Kansas City Jewish Museum of Contemporary Art?
The more art there is, the better society is. With such wonderfully diverse programming and events like Urban Suburban, the Art Crawls, and Exhibition openings, KCJMCA attracts such a diverse audience, which speaks to a better and more connected society.
What are your hopes for the coming year? How do you see KCJMCA serving the greater KC community?
First and foremost, as the newly appointed chair to the Membership Committee, I hope to double our membership in 2011. I also hope that through that process, we can make art more accessible to our supporters and the community.