In 2008, Sanders partnered with the Vilcek Foundation on the inaugural exhibition in the Vilcek Foundation’s former headquarters on East 73rd Street, curating a show of work by the South Korean-born artist Il Lee and work by the Iranian-born artist Pouran Jinchi. The collaboration grew out of the shared values of the foundation and Art Projects International: to create a platform to celebrate the contributions of immigrants to the arts, culture, and society, and to provide meaningful support to artists.
Born in South Korea, Sanders attended schools in Seoul, Hong Kong, and the United Kingdom, and after graduating from Epsom School of Art and Design in England, she came to New York and received her Master’s degree in Interior and Environmental Design from Pratt Institute. Sanders worked at various architectural firms in New York and in Seoul for several years, focusing on interior and architectural design projects.
Sanders returned to the United States to pursue her PhD at New York University in the Arts and Humanities. In the interdisciplinary program, Sanders focused her studies on the spatial development of the 20th century American art museum in relation to institutional purpose and function. She was inspired by the educational focus of museums in the United States and the experimental and collaborative spirit of New York City’s alternative art spaces in the 1970s.
Since the establishment of Art Projects International, Sanders has advised and worked on exhibitions and programs with many prominent institutions in the United States, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, San Jose Museum of Art, Queens Museum and Crow Museum of Asian Art; and she also has facilitated acquisitions by prominent institutions, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia), Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), San Jose Museum of Art, Cincinnati Art Museum, Brooklyn Museum, and M+ in Hong Kong.
Prior to joining the board of the Vilcek Foundation, Sanders served as a member of the board for the Korean American Community Foundation (KACF). Founded in 2002, KACF was developed to focus on philanthropic efforts and provide support to under-resourced Korean American individuals and families, while also mobilizing community members to embrace a culture of giving.