Jan Schall is the Sanders Sosland curator of modern and contemporary art at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, where she has been since 1996. Prior to that, she was a professor of art history at the University of Florida, Gainesville, and at New Mexico State University, Las Cruces.
Jan holds a bachelor's in elementary education and fine art from Minnesota State University, Moorhead, a bachelor's in art history from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, a master's degree in art history from Washington University, St. Louis, and a doctorate in art history from the University of Texas, Austin.
She is passionate about art because, in her words, "Art gives form to the deepest thoughts, feelings and spirit of our lives. It requires and inspires imagination; invites interaction and compassion; wakes us up to the beauty, wonder and mystery of the universe; challenges us to confront our fears; exposes lies and reveals truths; makes us laugh and cry; gives us strength; and reminds us that we are part of a world community — the family of man."
Jan is excited about K-State Olathe because it will afford new opportunities for collaboration with other universities and businesses, and will further enrich the dynamic spirit of innovation in the Kansas City area.