Seattle Art Museum has named Kimerly Rorschach as its new director following a three-year international search by the board of directors. Rorschach replaces former director Mimi Gates, who stepped down from her position in 2009 after 15 years of leadership and who has since held the role of director emerita. Director of the Nasher Museum at Duke University for eight years, Rorschach will assume her new Seattle position in the fall.
“We feel fortunate to be bringing a new arts leader of such caliber to Seattle,” said Charles Wright, SAM board chair, in a recent press release. “Kim’s engagement with national and global arts issues, along with her combined experience in scholarship, business management and community engagement will benefit SAM and the wider community immeasurably and strengthen the city’s national reputation as a leader in the arts.”