Dr. Leslie King-Hammond is an artist, curator, and graduate dean emeritus and founding director of the Center for Race and Culture at the Maryland Institute College of Art. In 2006 King-Hammond was appointed chairperson of the collections and exhibits committee at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture and in 2007 she became the chairperson of the board of the Lewis Museum. She also sits on the board of the Creative Alliance for the Artists, Baltimore, MD. Between 1985–98, King-Hammond was the project director for Ford/Phillip Morris Fellowships for Artists of Color at MICA. She has won lifetime achievement awards from the Studio Museum in Harlem, the DuBois Circle, Women's Art Caucus-College Art Association, and the James A. Porter Colloquium, Howard University. In 2008, she was granted an Andy Warhol Curatorial Fellowship. The Detroit Institute of the Arts gave her the Alain Locke International Prize in 2010. She served as a Center panelist in Pew Fellowships in 2009.