Kimerly Rorschach joined the Seattle Art Museum (SAM) as the Illsley Ball Nordstrom director and CEO in November 2012. Under her leadership, the museum has thrived in operations, artistic and educational programs, including organizing major exhibitions and adding acquisitions to SAM’s global collection. She led a three-year strategic plan that builds on SAM’s massive 2007 expansion. Rorschach was instrumental in organizing SAM’s spring 2014 exhibition “Miró: The Experience of Seeing,” a collaboration with the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid, now on tour in the U.S.
Previously, Rorschach served as the Mary D.B.T. and James H. Semans director of the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, where she established the Museum as a cornerstone at Duke and a leading university art museum. Under her direction, the Nasher Museum opened to the public in 2005, focusing on modern and contemporary art programs and service to the university and community. She chaired Duke’s Council on the Arts to promote the arts as one of five priorities in the university’s strategic plan.
Rorschach was the Dana Feitler director of the Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago for ten years and had held curatorial positions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Rosenbach Museum and Library in Philadelphia.
Rorschach is a past president of the Association of Art Museum Directors and currently a trustee with the American Federation of Arts, New York, and serves on the Board of Advisors for the Center for Curatorial Leadership, founded by Agnes Gund. She has edited and written for numerous catalogues, journals, and news publications.
Rorschach was a Fulbright scholar, holds a Ph.D. in art history from Yale University and a B.A. from Brandeis University.