Publish date:

Former FOX 9 anchor is new board chair at Minnesota Museum of American Art

Robyne Robinson had already spent three years on the board.
Author:
Robyne Robinson

Former FOX 9 anchor Robyne Robinson has been appointed the new board chair of the Minnesota Museum of American Art (The M).

The appointment was announced last week, and comes after Robinson had spent three years as a member of the board for the museum at 350 Robert St. N. in downtown St. Paul. 

While best known among Twin Cities viewers for her two-decade stint at KMSP, leaving in 2010, Robinson has an extensive background in the arts.

As well as having served on the board of The M, her previous gigs include being the art director at MSP Airport, and the chair of the Capitol Art Exhibit Advisory Committee at the Minnesota Capitol.

She made a run for Minnesota's Lieutenant Governor alongside DFL candidate Matt Entenza, during which she made "arts finance and commerce one of her key initiatives," as well as running her own art consulting firm, Five x Five.

She is also a talented jewelry designer, with her previous clients including Beyonce, Madonna and Paula Abdul.

Her appointment comes in a week that The M has been selected as one of the Minnesota museums to take a slice of $4 million funding from the American Alliance of Museums designed to diversify museum boards and leadership.

The Star Tribune reports that after four new appointments to The M's board, it is now 44 percent women and 26 percent people of color.

The M’s Executive Director, Kristin Makholm said on Facebook: "While we are already making great progress in diversifying our board – arts aficionado and former KMSP-TV Fox 9 anchor Robyne Robinson was just appointed chair of the M’s board – we welcome the opportunity to embed practices of inclusion and equity into every aspect of our operations.

Sign up: Subscribe to our daily newsletters

"Robyne and I are excited to dig deeper along with our colleague institutions in the Twin Cities through this unique and timely AAM initiative."

In a statement to MinnPost last week, Robinson said her mission as board chair will be to "explore what it means today to be an 'American Art' museum."

"What is our identity? Whom does it include? The M should reflect the history and diversity of our community in its educational programming and exhibitions," she said. "It’s time to challenge traditional institutional ideas and give everyone an emotional stake in a museum with 21st century goals."

Other Minnesota museums to be selected for the AAM diversity funding includes the American Swedish Institute, the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Walker Art Center, Weisman Art Museum, the MIA and the Bell Museum.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2021-10-21 at 5.14.36 PM

Mayor Carter announces COVID vaccine mandate for St. Paul city workers

It comes after Minneapolis announced the requirement for vaccines or regular testing for city workers in September.

two twelve medical center chaska GSV

Ridgeview cutting hours at 2 Minnesota urgent care locations

Hours of operation at a third location are also being shifted earlier.

Flickr - QFamily - Ben Jerrys

Latest to wade into Mpls. Question 2 debate is ... Ben & Jerry's?

The ice cream business said it supports the creation of a Department of Public Safety.

mickey moore driver's license shared

Mpls. candidate tries to 'set the record straight' about where he lives

Questions about Ward 9 candidate Mickey Moore's residency are quickly piling up.

Screen Shot 2021-10-21 at 1.49.16 PM

COVID-19 case rate drops in 51 of 87 Minnesota counties

Four of the 10 lowest case rates are metro-area counties.

unsplash - visitor patient doctor hospital emergency - crop

Allina mental health workers vote to unionize

Concerns over safety led the workers to unionize.

teacher, coronavirus, covid-19, school, classroom

Minnesota reports COVID deaths of teen student, 2 school staffers

Cases in schools rose again in the past week, though there are signs cases may have peaked.

Proctor football

Investigation of alleged misconduct on Proctor football team nears conclusion

The football team canceled its season and the coach subsequently resigned.

minnesota house of representatives

Minnesota House will continue hybrid operations, require masks in 2022

The Speaker of the House announced the plans in a memo to members and staff on Thursday.

Related

A new name at FOX 9 as North Dakota anchor makes the switch

Kaleigh Emery is a sports reporter in western North Dakota.

Screen Shot 2021-06-12 at 7.50.02 AM

Former WCCO reporter Mary McGuire joins FOX 9

She'll be reporting in a freelance role with the FOX affiliate.

Christina Palladino

Reporter Christina Palladino is leaving FOX 9

She's bringing down the curtain on 16 years in TV news.

Kelcey Carlson gets new role with FOX 9 News

FOX 9 is making some slight adjustments to its anchor desk.