Kaywin Feldman has been the Nivin and Duncan MacMillan Director and President of the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) since 2008. Feldman oversees the museum’s staff of 250, its fine-art collection of over 89,000 objects, its 473,000-square-foot facility, and an annual operating budget of $32 million. She serves on the boards of National Arts Strategies (NAS), the Chipstone Foundation, and the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), and is a member of the Bizot Group. Feldman is past president of the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD), and a past chair of AAM.
During Feldman’s tenure, Mia has strengthened its national presence with ambitious special exhibitions, including More Real?: Art in the Age of Truthiness; Rembrandt in America; and China’s Terracotta Warriors. Feldman led the creation of a contemporary art department, the reinstallation and reconception of the museum’s African art galleries, and the launch of inventive programming such as Mia’s Birthday Year. She has overseen innovative curatorial projects such as Globalization, the first in a series of themed installations creatively combining contemporary and historic artworks from all areas of the permanent collection; an experimental period room installation project; and an ongoing exhibition series, New Pictures, that exposes emerging photographers pushing the boundaries of the medium.
Feldman has championed the strategic and effective use of digital technologies to support and enhance audience engagement. Feldman’s team has established a reputation for being on the leading edge of digital technology in the museum sector through such recent accomplishments as the complete relaunch of www.artsmia.org, the implementation of a new app, the ambitious ArtStories project, and the launch of the prestigious 3M Art and Technology Prize.
Under Feldman’s leadership, the collection has been strengthened through strategic acquisitions and gifts, including works by: James McNeill Whistler, Edgar Degas, Ai Wei Wei, Henri Matisse, Théodore Rousseau, Do Ho Suh, Mark Dion, Vik Muniz, Guercino, Eugène Delacroix, JMW Turner, William Kentridge, Georgia O’Keeffe, Joel Shapiro, and Cornelis van Haarlem. In addition, the Japanese collection has grown by 133% through gifts from two major collectors.
Feldman has served as an exhibition curator and recently curated The Habsburgs: Rarely Seen Masterpieces from Europe’s Greatest Dynasty, a major traveling exhibition organized with the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. In 2009, she curated In Pursuit of a Masterpiece, a companion exhibition to The Louvre and the Masterpiece.
Feldman previously served as director of the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, in Tennessee, from 1999 to 2007, and received an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from the Memphis College of Art in 2008. She received an MA in art history from the Courtauld Institute of Art at the University of London, an MA from the Institute of Archaeology at the University of London, and a BA (summa cum laude) in classical archaeology from the University of Michigan. Her specialties are Dutch and Flemish art and Greek and Roman archaeology.
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