Christina Olsen, the newly appointed Michigan University Art Museum Director, began her five-year term at the start of November

New Director Christina Olsen is of the belief that a museum is much more than just a place where a community can view visual art exhibitions from notable artists.

Olsen, who just began her five-year term in November, stated that a museum should aim to be a place that is exciting, dynamic, and encourage visiting art enthusiasts to get their own ideas for their own projects.

The new director, who formerly worked as a director at the art museum belonging to Williams College in Massachusetts, said that the UMMA should be a key resource for artistic and personal inspiration as well as a source to learn and keep current with the art scene nation-wide.

Director Olsen’s accomplishments are considerable, and it is not hard to see why Michigan University selected her for the job: she was directly responsible for developing Williams College’s art museum’s reputation based on heavily acclaimed exhibitions as well as unique forms of engaging faculty and students alike.

Olsen has big plans for the UMMA

Olsen is eagerly looking forward to transforming the UMMA into that sort of environment and praising the town of Ann Arbor as being full of “creative, interesting” people.

She also praised the museum as having a lengthy, fascinating history and that she aims to build on the momentum and reputation the museum already has through featuring significant exhibitions and enhancing its existing collection.

Olsen also aims to promote and emphasize the history of Michigan’s lengthy relationship with visual art, especially with architecture and design, as a primary facet of her overall mission.

Olsen hinted at potential opportunities for future collaboration with other artistic and cultural organizations such as the musical society of Ann Arbor University, and other museums in Detroit.


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