Kristin Makholm is Executive Director of the Minnesota Museum of American Art in St. Paul, now known as the M. She is a respected scholar in the field of art history with a BA from Northwestern University and an MA and PhD from the University of Minnesota.
Kristin has worked in the curatorial field at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the St. Louis Art Museum, and as Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Milwaukee Art Museum. She was Director of Galleries and Exhibitions at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design from 2004 to 2009, where she also taught art history and managed the Jerome Emerging Artists Fellowship and the McKnight Artists Fellowship Programs. Kristin won a Minnesota Book Award in 2014 for the M’s exhibition catalogue Modern Spirit: The Art of George Morrison.
Since 2009, Kristin has led the renaissance of the M, St. Paul’s only major art museum, which opened its new facility in the Pioneer Endicott Building in downtown St. Paul in December 2018. She serves on the planning committee of the 4th Street Market District Project and is a member of the Governor-appointed Capitol Art Exhibit Advisory Committee.
Kristin has been a first alto in Philip Brunelle’s choir at Plymouth Congregational Church since 2003 and has served on the church’s Fine Arts Board. She is a native of Milwaukee and has two college-aged children.