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Marta Kuzma is the First Woman to be Named Dean of Yale School of Art

In the almost 150 years since the Yale School of Art was established, a woman has never filled the position of dean—until now. President of Yale University Peter Salovey announced today that renowned curator Marta Kuzma will be the first female dean of the school. This news comes after last September's appointment of Deborah Berke as the first female dean of Yale’s School of Architecture.

“I am confident that she will develop a distinctive vision for the Yale School of Art,” Salovey said. “She has an appreciation for developing ‘courageous’ students, and recognizes the importance of new sensibilities and new contexts for the presentation of artists and art.”

The curator, writer, and academic is currently vice chancellor and rector of the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm.

With over twenty-five years of curatorial experience in the international contemporary art world, Kuzma has served as director of the Office of Contemporary Art Norway, artistic director of the Washington Project for the Arts in Washington DC, and as the head of the international exhibitions program at the International Center of Photography in New York City. She was also founding director of the Soros Center for Contemporary Art in Kiev.

Kuzma will succeed revered critic and curator Robert Storr, who has served as the dean of the nation’s first art school since 2006. In an interview with the New York Times’ Robin Pogrebin, Storr said “ten years is enough. More than enough.”