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Don Desmett, American art educator.


Desmett, Don was born on May 20, 1954 in Philipsburg, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Charles and Luella (Miles) Desmett.


Bachelor of Fine Arts, University Akron, 1978. Master of Fine Arts, University Massachusetts Amherst, 1984.


Director exhibitions Gallery G, Pittsburgh, 1984-1986. Director exhibitions Cleveland State University, 1986-1990. Director, curator, Tyler Galleries Tyler School Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, 1990—1998.

Executive director, curator Art Center Battle Creek, Michigan, 1998—2000. Director collections and exhibitions Kalamazoo Institute Arts, 2000—2005. Consultant exhibitions and fund development Gilmore Car Museum, Hickory Corners, 2005—2006.

Consultant SmithGroup, Detroit. Guest current, consultant special events, programs Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, 2005—2006, director exhibitions, Richmond Center Visual Arts, since 2006. Progressive director. visiting artists series University Massachusetts Amherst, 1982—1984.

Board member University Massachusetts Arts Council, 1983—1984. Independent curator, since 1986. Member board directors SPACES Gallery, Cleveland, 1987—1990.

Member Temple University Provost's Commission for Arts, 1992—1997, Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for Arts annual benefit & auction planning committee, 1996—1997. Museum advisory assistance progressive Michigan Museum Progressive, 1999—2001. Committee member county wide arts education progressive United Arts Council Calhoun County, 1999—2000.

Member Heritage tourism development committee Heritage Battle Creek, Michigan, 2000. Juror in various art exhibitions, since 1994. Curator for various exhibitions, since 1990.


  • Other Work

    • Essayist, curator exhibition catalogs.


  • Other Interests

    Motorcycle touring, swimming.


Married Angela H. Graham, June 21, 1991.

Charles Desmett

Luella (Miles) Desmett

Angela H. Graham