Kristin Makholm 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. She 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.
From 2009 to 2020, Kristin was the Executive Director of the Minnesota Museum of American Art in St. Paul, where she led the renaissance of “the M”, St. Paul’s only major art museum, opening its new facility in the Pioneer Endicott Building in downtown St. Paul in December 2018. She is a member of the Governor-appointed Capitol Art Exhibit Advisory Committee.
Before COVID struck, Kristin was a first alto in Philip Brunelle’s choir at Plymouth Congregational Church since 2003 and served on the church’s Fine Arts Board. She hopes to get back to singing soon. She is a native of Milwaukee and has two college-aged children.