April Tea Party Introduces New Mia Director to Friends

Mia’s New Director, Katie Luber

Dr. Katherine Crawford Luber, also known as Katie, is the new Nivin and Duncan MacMillan Director and President of Mia. Luber comes to Minneapolis from the San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA), the only encyclopedic fine art institution in south Texas, where she has served as the Kelso Director for the last eight years.

Katie started her tenure as Mia’s director on January 2 and has had, we expect, a whirlwind year so far!

President of the Friends Maria Eggemeyer and the board were looking forward to hosting her at a recent meeting.  As with all things right now, the stay at home order meant that the Friends and Mia improvised that meeting and Katie graciously hosted an online “tea party” on Wednesday, April 29 for Friends Board members.

To join the Tea Party, click here and follow along with the events from April 29.

Born and raised in Texas, Luber’s pathway to art museum leadership combines traditional educational and work experiences with out-of-the-box aspects that strengthen her management and leadership skills. She has a B.A. in art history from Yale University, an M.A. from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Ph.D. in art history from Bryn Mawr, where her dissertation focused on the paintings of Albrecht Dürer. She was subsequently awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in residence at the Kunthistoriches Museum in Vienna to support this scholarship, after which her dissertation was published by Cambridge University Press.

Prior to arriving in San Antonio, Luber’s other art museum positions included serving as a research associate at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and, for nearly 10 years, as a John G. Johnson Curator of Northern Renaissance and Baroque Paintings at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where she oversaw the reinstallation of those collections, engaged with the museum’s 19th-century French paintings, researched and installed the museum’s collection of Latin American Colonial paintings, and oversaw the installation and mechanical renovation of the building housing the museum’s world-famous Rodin collection. Luber also completed an M.B.A. at Johns Hopkins University, and as founder, president, and CEO launched, managed, and ultimately sold a successful start-up company, underscoring her capacity for innovation.

We extend a warm welcome to Katie from the Friends!