List of female art museum directors

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This is a list of notable female art museum directors.

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Name Dates Museum Country Tenure
Hope Alswang Rhode Island School of Design Museum[1]

Norton Museum of Art[2][3]

USA 2000s
Rael Artel Tartu Art Museum[4] Estonia 2000s
Jacquelynn Baas Hood Museum of Art
University Art Museum, Berkeley
USA 1980s
Maria Balshaw Whitworth, University of Manchester and Manchester City Galleries
Tate
UK 2006-17
2017- [5]
Ivy Barsky National Museum of American Jewish History[6] USA 2000s
Kathleen Bartels Vancouver Art Gallery Canada 2000s
Linda Bantel Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts USA 1980s
Caroline Baumann Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum USA 2000s
Annette Blaugrund National Academy Museum and School USA 2000s
Jane Bledsoe Georgia Museum of Art USA 1980s
Holly Block Bronx Museum of the Arts USA 2000s
Jean Sutherland Boggs 1922–2014 National Gallery of Canada Canada 1960s–1970s
Nathalie Bondil Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Canada 2000s
Patricia Bovey Winnipeg Art Gallery Canada 2000s
Leslie Greene Bowman Winterthur Museum USA 2000s
Betsey Bradley Mississippi Museum of Art USA 2000s
Adelyn Dohme Breeskin 1896–1986 Baltimore Museum of Art USA 1930s
Karen Brosius Columbia Museum of Art 2000s
Elizabeth Broun National Museum of American Art
Smithsonian American Art Museum[7]
USA 1980s–2000s
Andrea Barnwell Brownlee Spelman College Museum of Fine Art USA 2000s
Laurene Buckley Queens Museum USA 2000s
Mary Schmidt Campbell born 1948 Studio Museum in Harlem USA 1980s
Janet Carding Royal Ontario Museum
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
Australia, Canada 2010–2015
2015–present
Lucy Shelton Caswell Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum USA 1977–2010
Linda Cathcart Contemporary Arts Museum Houston USA 1980s
Melissa Chiu born 1972 Asia Society USA 2000s
Muriel B. Christison Krannert Art Museum USA 1970s
Sara Cochran born 1967 Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art USA 2010s
Katherine Coffey Newark Museum USA 1940s
Johnnetta Cole National Museum of African Art USA 2000s
Caroline Collier Arnolfini UK 1999-2005
Priscilla Colt University of Kentucky Art Museum USA 1980s
Annette Cone-Skelton Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (MOCA GA) USA 2000-Present
Kinshasha Holman Conwill Studio Museum in Harlem USA 1980s
Lisa Corrin Williams College Museum of Art
Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art
USA 2000s
Sharon Corwin Colby College Museum of Art USA 2000s
Suzanne Cotter Serralves Portugal 2000s
Catharine Elizabeth Bean Cox Honolulu Museum of Art USA 1920s
Silvia Karma Cubina Bass Museum of Art USA 2000s
Jo-Anne Birnie Danzker Vancouver Art Gallery
Frye Art Museum
Canada 1980s
Elliot Bostwick Davis Museum of Fine Arts, Boston USA 2000s
Barbara Knowles Debs New-York Historical Society [8] USA 1980s
Rhana Devenport Govett-Brewster Art Gallery
Auckland Art Gallery
New Zealand 2006–2013
2013–present
Anne d'Harnoncourt 1943–2008 Philadelphia Museum of Art USA 1980s
Suzanne Delehanty Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia
Contemporary Museum Houston
Center for the Fine Arts, Miami
Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Center
USA 1970s–2000s
Graciela de la Torre Museo Universitario de Ciencias y Artes Mexico 2000s
Jill Deupi Lowe Art Museum USA 2000s
Gretchen Dietrich Utah Museum of Fine Arts USA 2000s
Jenny Dixon Noguchi Museum USA 2000s
Claire Doherty Arnolfini UK 2017-
Janice Driesbach Sheldon Museum of Art
Dayton Art Institute
USA 2000s
Tina Dunkley Clark Atlanta University Galleries USA 2000s
Susan Edwards Frist Center for the Visual Arts USA 2000s
Kristin Evenden Glenbow Museum Canada 2000s
Charlotte Eyerman JPMorgan Chase Art Collection[9] (2017-)

Monterey Museum of Art[10] (2013-16)

FRAME (French Regional & American Museums Exchange) (2010-13)

Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills (2009-10)

USA 2000s
Lori Fogarty Oakland Museum of California USA 2000s
Juliana R. Force 1876–1948 Whitney Museum of American Art USA 1930s
Cathleen Gallander Art Museum of South Texas USA 1970s
Kathryn E. Gamble 1933–2011 Montclair Art Museum USA 1970s
Courtney Gardner Peninsula Fine Arts Center (PFAC) USA 2000s
Alison Gass Smart Museum of Art USA 2017–present
Mary Gardner Gates Yale University Art Gallery
Seattle Art Museum
USA 1980s
Adelheid M. Gealt Indiana University Art Museum USA 1980s–2000s
Barbara Gibbs Crocker Art Museum
Cincinnati Art Museum
USA 1980s
Constance W. Glenn Art Museum, California State University USA 1980s
Thelma Golden born 1966 Studio Museum in Harlem USA 2000s
Claudia Gould born 1956 Institute of Contemporary Art
Jewish Museum
USA 2000s
Judy Greenberg Kreeger Museum[7] USA 2000s
Deborah Gribbon J. Paul Getty Museum USA 2000s
Madeleine Grynsztejn Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago USA 2000s
Lynn Gumpert Grey Art Gallery USA 2000s
Kathy Halbreich Walker Art Center USA 1990s
Katherine Hanna Taft Museum of Art USA 1950s
Saralyn Reece Hardy Spencer Museum of Art USA 2000s
Kathleen Harleman Krannert Art Museum USA 2000s
Jenny Harper Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Christchurch Art Gallery
New Zealand 1990–1992
2006–present
Anne Hawley Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum USA 1980s
Alanna Heiss born 1943 P.S.1 now MoMA PS1 USA 1970s
Rebecca Alban Hoffberger American Visionary Art Museum USA 2000s
Marilyn Hoffman Currier Museum of Art USA 1980s
Holly Hotchner New-York Historical Society
Museum of Arts and Design
USA 1980s–2000s
Shirley Reiff Howarth born 1944 Muskegon Museum of Art
Tampa Art Museum USA
1975–1979
1979–1981
Katherine Innes Montclair Art Museum USA 1920s
Mercedes Itube Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes Mexico 2000s
Tessa Jackson 1955 Arnolfini UK 1991-99
Kathleen Jameson Mint Museum USA 2000s
Lial Jones Crocker Art Museum USA 2000s
Janet Kardon Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia
American Craft Museum
USA 1980s
Emily Kass Tampa Museum of Art
University of New Mexico Art Museum
Fort Wayne Museum of Art
Ackland Art Museum
USA 1980s–2000s
Alice Kendall Newark Museum USA 1940s
Lyndel King Weisman Art Museum USA 1980s
Dr. Dorothy Kosinski The Phillips Collection USA 2000s
Susan Krane San Jose Museum of Art USA 2000s
Mary H. Kujawski University of Iowa Museum of Art USA 1980s
Georgianna Lagoria The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu USA 2000s
Marilyn Laufer Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art USA 2000s
Cathy Leff Wolfsonian USA 2000s
Diane Lesko Telfair Museum of Art USA 2000s
Florence Nightingale Levy 1870–1947 Baltimore Museum of Art USA 1920s
Peggy Loar Corcoran Gallery of Art[7] USA 2000s
Susan Longhenry Haggerty Museum of Art, Milwaukee USA 2000s
Donna Lynas Wysing Arts Centre UK 2005-
Nannette Maciejunes Columbus Museum of Art USA 2000s
Marcia Manhart Philbrook Museum of Art USA 1980s
Kate Markert Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens USA 2000s
Dorothy Mayhall 1925–1995 Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
Storm King Art Center
USA 1960s–1970s
Elsie Crum McCabe New Africa Center Museum for African Art USA 2000s
Ursula E. McCracken Textile Museum (Washington, D.C.) USA 1980s
Jill Medvedow Institute of Contemporary Art USA 2000s
Ruth Meyer Taft Museum of Art USA 1980s
Amy Meyers Yale Center for British Art USA 2000s
Louise Mirrer New-York Historical Society USA 2000s
Lulu F. Miller 1916–1930 Muskegon Museum of Art [11] USA 1910s
Marena Grant Morrisey Orlando Museum of Art USA 1980s–2000s
Laurie Norton Moffat Norman Rockwell Museum USA 2000s
Agnes Mongan 1905–1996 Harvard Art Museums USA 1940s
Gertrude Herdle Moore 1896–1993 Memorial Art Gallery USA 1920s
Grace Morley 1900–1985 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art USA 1930s
Frances Morris 1959- Tate Modern UK 2016-
Jan Keene Muhlert born 1942 University of Iowa Museum of Art
Amon Carter Museum
Palmer Museum of Art
USA 1970s–1990s
Alexandra Munroe Japan Society 2000s
Rebecca Nagy Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art USA 2000s
Jessica F. Nicoll Smith College Museum of Art USA 2000s
Andrea S. Norris Spencer Museum of Art USA 1980s
Barbara S. Nosanow Portland Museum of Art USA 1980s
Dr. Christina Orr-Cahall Oakland Museum of Art
Norton Museum of Art
Corcoran Gallery of Art
USA 1980s
Judith H. O’Toole Westmoreland Museum of American Art USA 2000s
Merribell Parsons Columbus Museum of Art USA 1980s
Anne Pasternak Brooklyn Museum USA 2000s
Sharon Patton born 1944 Allen Memorial Art Museum USA 2000s
Ann Philbin Hammer Museum USA 1990s
Carol A. Phillips Winnipeg Art Gallery Canada 1980s
Lisa Phillips New Museum of Contemporary Art USA 2000s
Dianne Pilgrim Cooper–Hewitt, National Design Museum USA 1980s
Raphaela Platow Contemporary Arts Center USA 2000s
Mary Platt Hilbert Museum of California Art [12] USA 2000s
Ellen Plummer Arkansas Art Center USA 2000s
Jordana Pomeroy Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum USA 2000s
Anne Poulet The Frick Collection USA 2000s
Renee Price Neue Galerie New York USA 2000s
Laura Pye Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery UK 2015- [13]
Lourdes I. Ramos Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico USA 2000s
Hilla von Rebay 1890–1967 Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum USA 1930s
Danielle Rice Delaware Art Museum USA 2000s
Andrea Rich Los Angeles County Museum of Art USA 2000s
Jenny E. Robb Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum USA 2011-
Kimerly Rorschach Smart Museum of Art
Seattle Art Museum
Nasher Art Museum
USA 1990s–2000s
Joan Rosenbaum Jewish Museum (Manhattan) USA 1980s
Amy Sadao Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia [14] USA 2000s
Cornelia Bentley Sage 1876 or 1880–1936 Albright-Knox Gallery[15] USA 1910s
Kim Sajet National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution USA 2000s
Estela Sandrini Oscar Niemeyer Museum Brazil 2000s
Esther I. Seaver Dayton Art Institute USA 1940s
Katrina Sedgwick Australian Centre for the Moving Image Australia 2015–present
Kate Sellers Wadsworth Atheneum USA 2000s
Linda Shearer Williams College Museum of Art, CAC USA 1980s
Hsio-Yen Shih 1933–2001 National Gallery of Canada Canada 1970s
Innis Shoemaker Ackland Art Museum USA 1980s
Rochelle Slovin Museum of the Moving Image [16] USA 1980s
Cheryll Sotheran Govett-Brewster Art Gallery
Dunedin Public Art Gallery
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
New Zealand 1986–1989
1989–1992
1992–2002
Isabel Spaulding Roberts Brooklyn Museum USA 1940s
Bonnie Speed Michael C. Carlos Museum USA 2000s
Stephanie Stebich Tacoma Art Museum USA 2000s
Susan Fisher Sterling National Museum of Women in the Arts[7] USA 2000s
Lowery Stokes Sims Studio Museum in Harlem USA 2000s
Ala Story 1907–1972 Santa Barbara Museum of Art USA 1940s
Terrie Sultan Parrish Art Museum USA 2000s
Mary Sue Sweeney Newark Museum USA 1990s
Lisa M. Taylor Cooper–Hewitt, National Design Museum USA 1980s
Elsie McCabe Thompson Museum for African Art USA 1990s
Shirley Thomson 1930–2010 National Gallery of Canada Canada 1980s
Edith Tonelli Wight Art Gallery 1980s
Marcia Tucker 1940–2006 New Museum of Contemporary Art USA 1980s
Julia Brown Turrell Des Moines Art Center USA 1980s
Barbara A. Tyler McMichael Canadian Art Collection Canada 1980s
Lora Urbanelli Montclair Art Museum USA 2000s
Roxana Velasquez Museo Nacional de Arte
San Diego Museum of Art
Mexico, USA 2000s
Olga Viso Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Walker Art Center
USA 2000s
Roslyn Walker National Museum of African Art USA 1990s
Katherine J. Watson Bowdoin College Museum of Art USA 1980s
Simone Wicha The Blanton Museum of Art USA 2000s
Karol Wight Corning Museum of Glass USA 2000s
Stephanie Wiles Allen Memorial Art Museum
Herbert F. Johnson Museum
USA 2000s
Sylvia H. Williams National Museum of African Art USA 1980s
Beatrice Winser Newark Museum USA 1920s
Sylvia Wolf Henry Art Gallery USA 2000s
Lynn Zelevansky Carnegie Museum of Art USA 2000s
Heidi Zuckerman Aspen Art Museum USA 2000s

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