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Director Lyndel King to Retire from Weisman Art Museum after Forty Years

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA—After forty years of leading the Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota, director and chief curator Lyndel King will retire from her post in June 2020. King joined the museum in 1978 and became its director three years later, overseeing more than two hundred exhibitions since. In 1993, King opened the university’s first purpose-built art museum, designed by Frank Gehry and renamed for philanthropist Frederick Weisman, establishing the institution as one of the United States’ top teaching university museums.

“I am planning my departure from the museum because WAM is in a great place,” Lyndel said. “We have a fabulous team that face the future with energy, creativity, sensitivity, and intelligence. I am proud of what WAM has become and want to make sure that it continues to thrive. That is why I am announcing my retirement two years ahead of time to coincide with the public phase of our capital campaign at the university and to endow the position of the director. It is my final gift to WAM.”

“The Weisman is a crucially important portal to our campus, and a portal to the art world for our students,” University of Minnesota executive vice president and provost Karen Hanson said. “Lyndel has been alert to every opportunity to enhance the standing and the effectiveness of the Weisman, and she has been creative in responding to these opportunities. We are deeply grateful for her work, for her commitment to the university, and for her development and stewardship of a wonderful museum. It is a superb legacy.”

A national search for a new director will begin in fall 2019, with an expected start date in July 2020. A university capital campaign will focus on endowing the position of the director of the Weisman Art Museum.

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June 6, 2018