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Courtauld Institute of Art's alumni Min Jung Kim named Saint Louis Art Museum next director

George Vandervalk
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SAINT LOUIS, MO — The Saint Louis Art Museum appointed Min Jung Kim as its next Barbara B. Taylor Director, resuming Director Brent R. Benjamin who will retire on July 1.

The Art Museum’s Board of Commissioners approved Kim’s appointment on Monday, June 28, following a global search chaired by commission member Keith Williamson.

The president of the Saint Louis Art Museum Board of Commissioners, Charles Lowenhaupt, said, “In Min Jung Kim we have found a director who is uniquely qualified to build on our rich tradition, provide a world view of art and culture, and enhance the relationship between our institution and our community in this next era for the Saint Louis Art Museum.”

Similarly, the current director, Benjamin, said, “Min Jung is an excellent choice to lead the Saint Louis Art Museum. She is known and respected as an inspirational and creative thought leader in the museum world. In retirement, I will continue to be an ardent supporter of Min Jung, the Art Museum and the St. Louis community.”

Meanwhile, upon the appointment, Kim said, “I want to express my gratitude to the search committee and the Board of Commissioners for putting their faith in me, and to Brent Benjamin for passing on a legacy of success through his visionary leadership.”

She then added, “I am excited to build upon the museum’s strong foundational base, get to know and partner with the diverse communities of St. Louis, and work with the talented team of the Saint Louis Art Museum in taking the institution to even greater heights.”

After graduating from Wheaton College, Kim finished her master’s degree in art history from the Courtauld Institute of Art at the University of London.

In her current position as director and CEO of the New Britain Museum of American Art, Kim enhanced the museum profile through exhibitions and collection development designed to expand the definition of American Art and reflect greater diversity. At the same time, she also strengthened community engagement and collaborative partnerships.

Kim will be the elevent director of the Saint Louis Art Museum and the first woman to lead the 142-year-old institution.

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