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Kaywin Feldman to Become First Female Director of DC’s National Gallery of Art

The National Gallery of Art (NGA) in Washington, DC, announced today that Kaywin Feldman has been elected as the institution’s next director. Feldman will be the fifth director of the gallery and the first woman to lead the institution in its seventy-seven-year history. She will succeed Earl A. Powell III, who will step down in 2019 after twenty-seven years at the helm of the gallery.

“Kaywin Feldman is a dynamic and highly principled leader, a gracious collaborator, and an innovator with the skills and vision to lead the National Gallery of Art in the twenty-first century,” said Frederick W. Beinecke, president of the NGA. “For more than two decades, she has had a distinguished career as an art museum director with major successes at each of her three institutions.”

Feldman currently serves as director and president of the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Since she assumed leadership of the institution in 2008, the museum has expanded its collection, increased community engagement efforts, and doubled its attendance. Feldman also spearheaded experimental and socially engaged programming such as the institute’s new Center for Empathy and the Visual Arts, established a contemporary art department, and added new galleries for the display of African art.

Prior to joining the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Feldman was the director of the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art in Tennessee from 1999 to 2007. She was also president of the Association of Art Museum Directors and chair of the American Alliance of Museums.

Commenting on her new role, Feldman said: “As I prepare to take on the responsibility for this magnificent institution, I want to express my gratitude to the trustees for putting their faith in me, and to Rusty Powell for the example of his years of enlightened stewardship. I am eager to work with the talented team at the gallery in taking the institution to even greater heights.” Feldman will assume her duties as director of the NGA on March 11, 2019.