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

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

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"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.

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