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Meyer To Direct University Art Museum

Published: June 20, 2016

Following a national search, Kimberli Meyer has been named as director of the University Art Museum (UAM) at CSULB. Meyer is director of the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House (MAK Center) in West Hollywood. She brings more than 20 years of arts and architectural practice and leadership experience to her new position, and will assume her duties on July 5.

“With her experience in working with communities both locally and internationally, her fundraising initiatives and her strong vision for the museum, I am confident that Kimberli Meyer will elevate our great institution even further,” said UAM advisory board president Michael Davis.

Meyer studied and trained as an architect and an artist, having received her Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). She has served as director of the MAK Center for Art and Architecture since 2002, initiating and organizing a multitude of programs, including the exhibitions “How Many Billboards? Art In Stead,” co-curated with Lisa Henry, Nizan Shaked and Gloria Sutton, which presented 21 newly commissioned artworks on Los Angeles billboards (2010); “Sympathetic Seeing: Esther McCoy and the Heart of American Modernist Architecture and Design,” co-curated with Susan Morgan (2011); and “AV: New Works by Andrea Fraser, Vanessa Place” (2014).

Meyer also presided over the expansion of the MAK Center’s R.M. Schindler properties, procuring the gift of the Fitzpatrick-Leland House, and initiated the MAK Games, a tennis tournament fundraising benefit. She served as a commissioner for the U.S. presentation at the 11th International Cairo Biennial, has lectured nationally and internationally on contemporary engagement with landmark modern architecture, and is a recipient of an individual research grant from the Graham Foundation.

“I am honored and delighted to be joining the UAM team. University museums like the UAM are essential in the network of public learning and interpretation,” Meyer says. “With the utmost enthusiasm, I look forward to working with the institution’s stakeholders to build upon its legacy, to explore new avenues of artistic and intellectual engagement and to mine its rich academic, cultural, urban and geopolitical site.”

First accredited by the American Alliance of Museums in 1984, the University Art Museum has played an increasingly significant role in achieving international recognition for the arts and artists in Southern California, and maintains a strong commitment to scholarly and artistic excellence. During its nearly 40-year history, the UAM has earned a national reputation for its high-quality exhibitions, award-winning publications, notable collections and pioneering museum studies program.

Kimberli Meyer
Kimberli Meyer

“Kimberli Meyer will bring exciting perspectives to the University Art Museum and the art world will be watching,” said CSULB Dean of the College of the Arts Cyrus Parker-Jeannette, who headed the search for a new director. “I am inspired by this bright, socially-conscious, innovative and witty thinker and I think our students will be too.”

Meyer will provide directorial and curatorial leadership and oversee all of UAM’s programs. Brian Trimble, UAM interim director, will stay on with the museum and work with Meyer during the transition. Meyer succeeds Christopher Scoates, who departed in 2014 to become the director of the Cranbrook Academy of Art and Museum in Michigan.

–Shefali Mistry