Mark A Ryan
Assistant Director for Collections & Exhibitions at Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum
Mark has over twenty years of experience working in the registration and collections management profession in art, historical and natural history institutions and has been the Assistant Director for Collections & Exhibitions at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum since 2016 where is responsible for the care and management of the museum’s collections and exhibitions program (in-house and traveling) as well as overseeing the security and facilities departments. Prior to his current position Mark was the Director of Collections & Operations at the Plains Art Museum where he had similar responsibilities.
His formal education includes a B.S in Biology and a B.A. in History from the University of Wyoming and an M.A. in Museum Science from Texas Tech University.
He is an active participant, leader and advocate for collections care through a number of current and past activities, including serving multiple terms on the boards of the Midwest Art Conservation Center, the Registrar’s Committee of the Mountain Plains Museums Association and co-directing a 3 year IMLS funded Connecting to Collections, two-state, collections care and disaster preparedness project entitled Dakota Collections Care Initiative that delivered critical collections care and disaster preparedness and response training to museums, libraries and archives throughout South and North Dakota.
He has also participated on the national level by co-organizing the Registrar’s Committee of the American Alliance of Museum’s annual Reinforcement Crew volunteer event for the past seven years, serving on the Mid America Arts Alliance/Exhibits USA Advisory Panel as well as serving as both field and panel reviewer for IMLS’s Museums for America grant program since 2009.
Mark fills his free time by also serving on the board of the Midwest Art Conservation Center and enjoys cycling, hiking and trying to keep up with his three young sons.