Jason T. Busch is Becky and Bob Alexander Director & CEO of the American Folk Art Museum (AFAM) in New York. Busch has several decades of experience working in the arts throughout the United States. Prior to AFAM, Busch served as assistant curator of decorative arts at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, Connecticut and subsequently as associate curator of architecture, design, decorative arts, craft, and sculpture at the Minneapolis Institute of Art; chief curator and curator of decorative arts and design at Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh; deputy director for curatorial affairs and museum programs at the Saint Louis Art Museum; division director for decorative arts at Sotheby’s in New York; and director of the Jason Jacques Gallery in New York. He has curated several large exhibitions and collection installations and authored the associated publications, including Currents of Change: Art and Life Along the Mississippi River, 1850–1861 (2004); Carnegie Museum of Art: Decorative Arts and Design Collection (2009) and Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at World’s Fairs, 1851–1939 (2012).
Busch received his Master of Arts (MA) degree from the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture at the University of Delaware and Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in American Studies with minors in Art and Architectural History and Anthropology from Miami University in Ohio. He has also studied at Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in Virginia, Historic Deerfield in Massachusetts, and Historic Natchez Foundation in Mississippi. Busch was a 2013 fellow at the Center for Curatorial Leadership in New York. He is an academic member of the American Folk Art Society, an elected member of the Association of Art Museum Directors, and on the Advisory Board of the College of Creative Arts at Miami University.