Director's Note

This summer marked the beginning of construction of the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum expansion and the successful conclusion of Washington University’s extraordinary Leading Together campaign. The dedication and generosity of so many over the course of the campaign has had a profound effect on the University’s mission. At the Museum, the tremendous support of our members, donors, and friends has enabled the institution to thrive. 

The first twelve years in this building have seen remarkable growth in the Museum’s reach and impact, from increasing visitorship and access to the world-renowned collection, to developing ambitious exhibitions and publications and engaging education programs. None of this would be possible without your support, and we cannot thank you enough. 

The current Museum expansion builds on these successes, strengthening our ability to reach a broader variety of audiences, creating new opportunities for object-based learning, and allowing us to serve as an even more vital center for research, scholarship, and exchange. We are especially grateful to the Kemper family for their support of all these endeavors and their deep and abiding commitment to the Museum and its mission. 

As we look ahead, we are happy to be able to continue to engage with the community even while the galleries are closed this year. A number of the Museum’s artworks are on loan to other institutions, education staff are organizing programs beyond the building walls, and the curatorial team is reconceiving the display of the permanent collection in preparation for our expanded spaces. 

We hope to see you at one of our off-site programs or in our Study Room this fall, and I look forward to keeping you up to date on the Museum’s activities as work on the expansion continues in anticipation of the reopening in the fall of 2019. 

With best wishes,

Sabine Eckmann, PhD
William T. Kemper Director and Chief Curator