McCollum Statement on the Appointment of Minnesota’s Kaywin Feldman to Lead the National Gallery of Art
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.), Lead Democrat of the House Interior-Environment Appropriations Subcommittee, which provided $166 million in fiscal year 2018 for the operation of the National Gallery of Art, released the following statement on the selection of Kaywin Feldman of the Minneapolis Institute of Art as the institution’s incoming director:
Kaywin Feldman is a strong, engaging, and innovative leader at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, and I am thrilled she has been selected to become the National Gallery’s next director. Her commitment to expanding the audience for historical and contemporary art, along with her passion for rethinking how we access and engage with museum collections will be a tremendous asset for the Gallery.
The selection of a such a talented arts leader from Minnesota for this prominent position is also a tribute to the national and international leadership of the Minneapolis Institute of Art and our state’s art community. We Minnesotans know the value of arts and culture in strengthening our economy, enhancing our quality of life, and bringing together diverse communities.
In the next Congress, I am eager to work together with Kaywin from my role on the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee to advance the National Gallery’s mission and sustain strong bipartisan congressional support. My subcommittee provides the funding to maintain and staff the Gallery, and I look forward to working with our new director – the first female director in the Gallery’s history – to welcome everyone to this treasure on the National Mall.