Patterson Sims is an independent art curator, writer, and consultant based in New York City. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Independent Curators International (ICI), New York, President of the Leon Polk Smith Foundation and works with several other artist foundations and art non-profit organizations. Sims began his career in 1969 as the Assistant Director at O.K. Harris Works of Art in the then newly-developing SoHo district in New York. Beginning in 1976, Sims successively held the positions of: the rst curator of the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art, where he was also a co-curator of four Whitney Biennials; Associate Director for Art and Exhibitions and Curator of Modern Art at the Seattle Art Museum; Deputy Director for Education and Research Support at The Museum of Modern Art, New York; and, until 2009, Director of the Montclair Art Museum in New Jersey. Sims has organized solo exhibitions and written publications on various artists including Willie Cole, Richard Estes, Viola Frey, Ellsworth Kelly, Jan Matulka, Philip Pearlstein, Hedda Sterne, John Storrs, and Fred Wilson and has lectured and written extensively.