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Christina Olsen

Christina Olsen is the director of the University of Michigan’s Museum of Art. She has more than 25 years of leadership experience in museums and foundations, and lectures frequently on the changing role of campus art museums and their relationships with the public and campus. She received her PhD in art history from the University of Pennsylvania.

Under Christina’s leadership, UMMA released a 5-year strategic plan in 2022


Before coming to Michigan, Christina served as the Class of 1956 Director at the Williams College Museum of Art. Prior to that, she had experience at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the J. Paul Getty Museum and Getty Foundation, and the Portland Art Museum. Christina has curated and produced many exhibitions and programs, including Abstraction, Color, and Politics in the Early 1970s, at UMMA. Olsen served on the board of the Association of Art Museum Directors and has taught at the University of Pennsylvania and Williams College. She received a BA in history of art, with honors, from the University of Chicago, and an MA and PhD in art history from the University of Pennsylvania.

Curated Exhibitions

February 22 — October 25, 2020
A. Alfred Taubman Gallery II
June 8, 2019 – February 9, 2020
A. Alfred Taubman Gallery II
September 22, 2018 - May 19, 2019
A. Alfred Taubman Gallery II
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