Congressman Cohen Congratulates Kaywin Feldman on National Gallery of Art Appointment

December 12, 2018
Press Release
Former Brooks Museum of Art Director will lead national collection


WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) congratulated former Brooks Museum of Art director Kaywin Feldman on her appointment as the fifth director and first women to lead the national Gallery of Art that she has called “arguably America’s greatest treasure.”

Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

“The National Gallery is the home of priceless Rembrandts, Titians, Picassos, Monets, Modiglianis, Pissarros, classic statuary, and many of the greatest and best-known works of art on earth, including Memphis’ own William Eggleston’s. Kaywin Feldman is just the person to oversee this great American art institution located on America’s front yard, the National Mall. I congratulate her for this huge achievement and look forward to walking the storied galleries with her soon.”

Feldman has been the director of the Minneapolis Institute of Art since 2008. Before that, she was director of Memphis’ Brooks Museum of Art from 1999 to 2007. She takes over in March from longtime National Gallery Early “Rusty” Powell III, who has led the museum since 1992 and announced his plan to retire last year. Feldman will be overseeing a museum that receives more than five million visitors a year, has a staff of 1,100 and has an annual operating budget of $167 million.  It was founded in 1937 for the American people by billionaire philanthropist Andrew Mellon. It can be visited free of charge.