Director of Krannert Art Museum
Kathleen Harleman came to Krannert Art Museum as its director in 2004. In this role, she provides strategic leadership, curatorial oversight, and academic inspiration for the museum. In its daily operations, Harleman ensures that the institution's mission is clearly understood and that its strategic objectives are fully articulated and effectively pursued. She balances the fiscal health of the institution with its artistic vision, working closely with staff to plan and execute robust exhibitions and programs while representing the museum to campus and community constituencies, public audiences throughout the region, and the museum and arts professions at large.
Harleman obtained her BA (art history) from Middlebury College, her MA (art history) from Johns Hopkins University, and her MBA from the University of Ottawa. Her 30 years of museum experience includes a range of positions across institutions large and small, Canadian and American, public and academic. She worked for 12 years in Canada at the National Gallery of Canada and the Art Gallery of Ontario, assumed leadership roles at Wellesley College's art museum as well as at public museums in the Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Seattle, Washington, areas, and was a consultant with the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal.
In September 2015, Harleman was named acting dean of the College of Fine and Applied Arts, where she leads the college's efforts to advance teaching, research, and service in the visual, performing, and environmental arts with a strong emphasis on the commitment to elevate and sustain the study of the arts as both a necessary mode of understanding and a vibrant expression of human experience.