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Finalists chosen for South Dakota Art Museum director position

Finalists for the position of director of the South Dakota Art Museum will visit the South Dakota State University campus in the next two weeks.

While on campus, the candidates will meet with university administration, deans, faculty, staff and students. The interviews will also include open forums for each individual to engage with key industry, community and university stakeholders.

The candidates, in order of interview date, are:

Jodi Lundgren

Jodi Lundgren
Jodi Lundgren

Lundgren is a fifth-generation South Dakotan with 15 years of experience in accredited art museums connected to multidisciplinary educational and cultural institutions.

Lundgren will interview Jan. 13. Her public open forum and presentation will be held 2:30-3:30 p.m. in the University Student Union’s Room 250 (Dakota A&C).

Lundgren has served as the exhibition coordinator at the South Dakota Art Museum for the past six years, where she is responsible for all of the exhibition content for the museum’s galleries. She has produced groundbreaking content at the museum, bringing new artistic genres and media into the museum, and curated the immensely popular “Harvey Dunn: The Complete Collection.”

For nine years, she worked in the curatorial department of the Visual Arts Center of the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls. She established collections and exhibition management policies and practices that allowed for accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums. Lundgren worked on blockbuster exhibitions of work by Auguste Rodin, Norman Rockwell, Ansel Adams and Andy Warhol. As curator, she also spearheaded projects that invited public participation such as Take the Day, a full-day multi-artist art-making event in the galleries, and Knit the Pavilion-yarn, a collective yarnbombing of the Pavilion grounds.

Lundgren graduated cum laude with a BFA in studio art with a painting emphasis and second major in psychology from the University of South Dakota. She has a museum management certificate and will complete a graduate certificate in nonprofit management in the summer 2020.

Nicole Herden

Nicole Herden
Nicole Herden

Herden is the curator of art at the Boise Art Museum, where she has worked for nearly 10 years. In addition to overseeing the curatorial department and permanent collection, she also manages the museum’s security, grounds and facilities.

Herden will interview Jan. 21. Her public open forum and presentation will be 2:30-3:30 p.m. in the University Student Union’s Room 250 (Dakota A&C).

During her tenure, the Boise Art Museum has expanded and strengthened its role and profile in the community and the region. Her growth-minded vision is evident by BAM’s operational excellence, permanent collection, traveling exhibitions, capital development and visitor engagement. The nexus of her curatorial approach is to advance meaningful dialogue with the public, creating a welcoming forum to encounter art and artmaking in an impactful way for a diverse audience.

Herden has held progressively senior museum roles, previously serving as BAM’s registrar, Phoenix Art Museum’s curatorial assistant of American and Western American art and Arizona State University Art Museum’s curatorial assistant of contemporary art. She has curated more than 50 exhibitions, written accompanying catalogues and facilitated important acquisitions of contemporary and Native American artwork.

She is the recipient of research and exhibition grants from Art Bridges and Terra Foundation Initiative for American Art, National Endowment for the Arts, Henry Luce Foundation and Institute of Museum and Library Services. BAM has been awarded the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies Award for Exhibition Excellence from the Western Museum Association for her exhibition, “Minidoka: Artist as Witness.” Herden has a master’s in art history from Arizona State University and an MFA in visual arts from Boise State University.