The Elmhurst Art Museum announced today that John McKinnon has been hired as the new executive director. McKinnon comes to the institution from the Society for Contemporary Art at the Art Institute of Chicago.
“The Elmhurst Art Museum is building on the momentum of its recent growth and upcoming renovations,” board president Joann Callahan said. “John has already shown great insight into the unique potential of the McCormick House, our contemporary programming, and education initiatives. He is poised to lead the organization to new levels of artistic excellence and service to our community.”
As program director of the Society for Contemporary Art, McKinnon worked with donors and collectors to support contemporary art at the Art Institute of Chicago and oversaw the independent nonprofit’s operations, membership, programming, fundraising, and acquisitions. From 2007 to 2010, McKinnon was assistant curator of modern and contemporary art at the Milwaukee Art Museum, where he oversaw exhibitions such as “Fifty Works for Fifty States: The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection” (2010) and “Andy Warhol: The Last Decade” (2010).