Kimball Art Center has selected Aldy Milliken as Executive Director, following an executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). He will begin his tenure on July 1, 2020.
A trained artist and educator, Mr. Milliken has 30 years of international experience collaborating with artists, effectively achieving fundraising goals, and developing and implementing strategic plans. Since 2012, he has served as Executive Director and Curator at KMAC Museum in Louisville, Kentucky. In this role, he managed $1.3 million budget and oversaw all programs and operations. He also cultivated donors to support the museum’s goal of equitable access by inspiring an increase in giving, providing free museum admission and more than 40 hours of monthly complimentary programming. He also mentored employees, prioritized diversity in KMAC staff, and defined KMAC’s new mission, vision, and strategic plan aimed at connecting people to art and creative practice. He also led a multimillion-dollar capital campaign and subsequent museum renovation project, expanded education and exhibition programs, and secured accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums.
Throughout his career, Milliken has lived and worked overseas in Indonesia, Hungary, and Sweden. Prior to his most recent role at KMAC, he operated a contemporary art gallery in Stockholm, where he collaborated with artists, museums, and curators from around the world to produce international quality exhibitions. A leadership mentor for the Museum Leadership Institute, Mr. Milliken is a graduate of the Getty Leadership Institute, a museum leadership program at Claremont Graduate University that provides executive education opportunities for museum leaders worldwide. He holds a bachelor of science in art from Lewis and Clark College, where he completed art studies with a focus on photography and contemporary art.
In making the announcement, Board Chairman Dan Lemaitre said, “Aldy is a true arts visionary who comes with community building experience. This is especially important considering Kimball Art Center’s goal to better serve our community and to become an international destination to explore and inspire creativity. Aldy has a proven track record building art spaces and a relentless dedication to connecting people with art, which mirrors our mission statement.”
“I am thrilled to work with the Park City community and help create a vibrant arts and cultural district,” said Mr. Milliken. “I could not be more excited to bring my energy and experience to Park City and lead such an established and well-respected organization.
“Congratulations to Aldy Milliken as he begins his tenure as Executive Director at Kimball Art Center,” said ACG Senior Vice President Wyona Lynch-McWhite. “His dedication to providing arts access, education, engagement, and experience to all will further elevate Kimball Art Center as a cultural and diverse visual art education and exhibition resource for the community and a tourist destination as a part of the new Park City Arts and Culture District.”