We are delighted to showcase one of our most generous alums, David Major (B.A. ‘02), who graduated with a B.A. in Fine Arts from our department and a minor in Music Industry. David went onto work as a preparator in the SUArt Galleries, before relocating with his wife Jamie (Newhouse, ’02) to Manhattan where he got his start in the art business. He held multiple positions with the Spanierman Gallery until becoming an Associate Director. He then joined the De Buck Gallery where he helped them transition to a major gallery space in the heart of Chelsea. Restoration Hardware stole him away to help launch their RH Contemporary program. Eventually, he and his family moved to Connecticut to semi-retire and work with Ron Cavalier of Cavalier Galleries.
Throughout his career, David continued to support SU through arranging several loans of artwork to exhibitions on campus and at the Lubin House. This connection led him to take on the challenge of running SU’s Fisher Center in Manhattan. Now back in the SU fold, he is excited to build a new summer internship program for Art History and Museum Studies students, out of the Fisher Center. You may have already spotted the new NYC Art Gallery-based combined Summer Session art history course he is offering this year that will give students lots of hands-on experience in the business of art—from interning at an art gallery, to attending opening receptions, interacting with art business leaders, and getting a sense of what it is like to work in an amazingly fast-paced, exciting industry.
David lives in Stamford, CT with his wife Jamie and two future SU daughters Ava and Ella!