MIA president is leaving to make history in Washington D.C.

She'll become the first female director of the National Gallery of Art.
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Kaywin Feldman

The president of the Minneapolis Institute of Art is leaving after being named the new director of the National Gallery of Art.

Kaywin Feldman will be the first woman to become the director of the prestigious Washington D.C. museum in its 77-year history.

And when she leaves for D.C. in March, it will bring an end to a tenure of just over a decade at the MIA in which she's helped turn it into one of the best galleries in the country.

As MinnPost notes, there were 425,000 visitors to the MIA in 2008 – Feldman's first year as president. By last year that had more than doubled to 891,000.

Her success has not gone unnoticed, with National Gallery president Frederick W. Beinecke saying Feldman has the "skills and vision to lead the National Gallery of Art in the 21st Century."

Feldman called the National Gallery "arguably America's greatest treasure," adding: "To be chosen to lead it into its next decades is a profound honor."

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