Annual Report 2019
At the dedication of the National Gallery of Art in 1941, Paul Mellon spoke of his father’s hope that the museum he had founded “would become not a static but a living institution, growing in usefulness and importance to artists, scholars, and the general public.” Founder Andrew W. Mellon envisioned “a joint enterprise on the part of the Government, on the one hand, and of magnanimous citizens, on the other.” This public-private partnership, now nearly eight decades later, makes it possible for the Gallery to serve millions of visitors each year. I am deeply grateful for the steadfast support of the president and the Congress of the United States.
Carrying on the work of this living institution and ensuring its usefulness are of paramount importance to my fellow trustees and me, the staff, and the Gallery’s new director Kaywin Feldman. In March of this fiscal year, Kaywin assumed her role as the fifth director of the National Gallery of Art. She came to the Gallery from the Minneapolis Institute of Art, where she expanded the museum’s collection and transformed the institution’s relationship to its city by fostering community dialogue. She is a dynamic leader, collaborator, and innovator. She brings to the Gallery more than two decades of experience as a museum director. We are thrilled to welcome Kaywin to Washington.
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