September 18, 2018

Kimberli Meyer Will No Longer Direct University Art Museum at California State, Long Beach

LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA—Kimberli Meyer, director of the University Art Museum at California State University, Long Beach, will no longer lead the institution, according a statement released by the university’s College of the Arts. The leadership change was unexpected, coming so soon before the opening of lauren woods’ exhibition “American MONUMENT,” which is intended to position UAM as a more socially active and experimental institution. No reason for the change has been provided, according to the Long Beach Post.

“[Meyer] has been an asset to the museum and to the university in so many ways, and I am grateful for her work that has helped expand the visibility of the museum in the community,” said College of the Arts dean Cyrus Parker-Jeannette. “This includes partnering with me on strategic ways to expand the museum’s mission and reach into the Long Beach and Los Angeles community, and for her intelligent pursuit of intersecting the museum with academic units across our campus.”

Meyer lead the University Art Museum since 2016, after a fifteen-year directorship at the MAK Cetner for Art and Architecture in West Hollywood. Speaking to the Los Angeles Times about her appointment as UAM director, Meyer said, “university museums play an important role as an independent, academic space that really can dig into issues and encourage critical thinking in ways that private museums cannot.”

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