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AAMD’s New President: Who is Kaywin Feldman?

Kaywin Feldman, president-designate of AAMD

No, that headline is not a Jeopardy question. It’s a reprise of a previous CultureGrrl headline, published in September 2007, when Kaywin Feldman was named to succeed the better known William Griswold (now director at the Morgan Library & Museum) as director of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

At that time I wrote that I had previously not heard of Kaywin and added:

The MIA has a history of prominent
professionals in its top post (Evan Maurer, Samuel
Sachs II
), so her relative obscurity took me by surprise.

Obscure no longer: Feldman has just been named to succeed Michael Conforti, director of the Clark Art Institute, as president of the Association of Art Museum Directors, effective June 9. She is currently art issues chairman for AAMD. Chosen by the association’s Nominating and Governance Committee, she is to be confirmed by the full membership at its meeting next month.

Her presidency will be for only one year. In a change from usual procedure, Conforti had been granted a two-year term.

Here‘s the bio that the Minneapolis Star Tribune ran about Feldman when she was named to her current museum post.

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