Kaywin Feldman

Director and president

Minneapolis Institute of Arts




Feldman has kept MIA playfully stylish and up-to-date without sacrificing its fundamental class. Though membership has declined, endowments are up and visitor numbers have been setting records. An example of her approach: When the Codex Leicester—a collection of Leonardo da Vinci’s scientific writing and art—is exhibited next year, it will be joined by video art created by DEVO’s Mark Mothersbaugh. In 2015 (MIA’s centennial), she’ll chair the National Association of Museums. With art museums nationwide struggling, Feldman has some bragging rights.