Judi Dutcher, the executive director of the Museum of Russian Art in Minneapolis, Minnesota has resigned to take a position at the Bentson Foundation, an organization that supports the arts and education. The Museum of Russian Art is the only museum dedicated exclusively to Russian art in America. It was founded in 2002 by Raymond Johnson, a businessman and Honorary Consul to the Russian Federation who began collecting Soviet Realist art in the 1980’s. Since then it has continued expanding its collection, but still maintains a focus on 20th century Realism.
Dutcher will be replaced by the museum’s former director Brad Shinkle. Here’s an excerpt from an article by the Minneapolis Star Tribune:
“During her three-and-a-half year tenure at the south Minneapolis museum, Dutcher expanded the exhibition program to include pioneering color photography from the czarist era, contemporary prints, Russian textiles and postage stamp designs, as well as the Soviet-era socialist-realism paintings for which the museum is best known. She also oversaw the first solo-shows in the United States of paintings by Geli M. Korzhev and Vasili Nechitailo, prominent Soviet-era painters whose work was largely unknown outside their homeland.”
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