Sharon Matt Atkins joined the Brooklyn Museum in 2009 and is the Managing Curator of Exhibitions, overseeing the Museum’s exhibition program. She is the co-organizer of GO: a community-curated open studio project, with Shelley Bernstein. She has coordinated exhibitions devoted to Andy Warhol and Norman Rockwell, and has facilitated numerous other special exhibitions. Prior to her move to Brooklyn, Atkins had been the Assistant Curator at the Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, New Hampshire, since 2004. There she was responsible for modern and contemporary art, organizing exhibitions from the collection as well as traveling loan shows—among them Andy Warhol: Pop Politics, which traveled to the Neuberger Museum of Art, and Spotlight New England: Kirsten Reynolds. Previously she was a Research Assistant in the Department of Contemporary Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and worked at the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. A graduate of Iowa State University, Atkins received an M.A. and a Ph.D. from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, where she also taught art history and writing courses.
During GO, 1,708 Brooklyn-based artists opened their studios to the community on September 8 and 9. An estimated 18,000 people made approximately 147,000 studio visits in order to nominate artists for inclusion in a group exhibition to be held at the Museum. Based on these community nominations, Museum curators selected artists to be featured in the exhibition, opening on Target First Saturday, December 1, 2012.