New Leader of the Tweed Museum of Art

Dr. Anja Chávez is the new director of the Tweed Museum of Art. She began her appointment on January 13, 2020.


In her new position, Dr. Chávez will build on the museum’s traditional strengths while continuing its commitment to diversify its collection. 

"As the Tweed Museum of Art's new director, I am excited to bring the Tweed to a new level in its continued integral role at UMD, Duluth, and beyond,” says Chávez. “I am thrilled to join this vibrant community where, within just a few days of my arrival from New York, I already feel at home."

Robert Kase, dean of the School of Fine Arts, says Chávez was born Peruvian, raised and educated in Germany, and also studied in Paris. She received her Ph.D. in art history and came to UMD from Colgate University in New York. “We are overjoyed and excited. She brings a wealth of experience and energy to the position.”

Former Tweed director Ken Bloom retired last June.

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The Tweed Museum of Art

Founded in 1950, the Tweed features seven galleries and a diverse permanent collection of over 10,000 works. The museum has a $1.4 million operating budget, a dedicated staff of nine, and an advisory board of community leaders. Its mission is to promote learning through collection stewardship, research, and by presentations in the visual arts for the engagement program of the University and surrounding communities. 

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