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Christina Nielsen Named Director of Art Collections at the Huntington

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California, has appointed Christina Nielsen as the director of its art collections. Nielsen currently serves as curator of the collection and exhibition program at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston and will assume her new position on October 15. She replaces Catherine Hess, the Huntington’s chief curator of European art, who has served as interim director since March 2017.

“The Huntington’s European and American art collections have inspired artists as well as the visiting public over the past century,” said incoming president Karen R. Lawrence. “As we look toward our next one hundred years, the collections are poised to become even more relevant within the dynamic and richly diverse arts environment of Southern California and the nation more broadly. I am convinced that Christina is precisely the leader who will help us accomplish key goals—growing the resources, impact, and prominence of the art collections and fostering inventive interaction with our great collections in the library and botanical gardens.”

Prior to joining the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Nielsen served as assistant curator of late antique and Byzantine art at the Art Institute of Chicago from 2011 to 2014. Previously, she held research appointments and fellowships at the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the British Museum and taught art history courses at the University of Chicago, the University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of California, Santa Barbara.