Former director of the Joslyn Art Museum Foundation Audrey Kauders has accepted the position of Interim director of the Museum of Nebraska Art. Kauders begins at MONA on Friday, March 8.
Chancellor Johnston stated that Audrey Kauders comes to MONA with unprecedented credentials “Audrey Kauders’ varied experiences in museum management and her close connections with the several Nebraska arts organizations make her the ideal interim director for MONA. Ms. Kauders also brings to MONA keen insights into the world of foundations and fund raising. Her background as a dancer, artistic director and choreographer for dance companies can only foster closer cooperation among the fine arts groups in Nebraska and the greater Kearney community,” Chancellor Johnston said.
Kauders comes to UNK after retiring in March of 2001 from the Joslyn Art Museum Foundation and the Joslyn Art Museum Foundation of Wyoming. Before her retirement she held many positions at the Joslyn Art Museum including deputy director, interim director, and associate director for administration. Before coming to Omaha she was employed at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts in Montgomery, Alabama. She earned her bachelors degree in Speech and Drama from Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama and her Executive Masters from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Kauders has a long tradition and employment history with museums and art.
Kauders is currently involved with the Omaha Cultural and Academic Cooperative Steering Committee and the EMBA Alumni Steering Committee at UNO. She also serves as a Special Opportunity Support Grant Reviewer for the Nebraska Arts Council. She has received many honors and awards including the UNO College of Business Administration Distinguished Alumni Award and the “BiTSY” Award from the Nebraska Arts Council.
Rodney Miller, Dean of the UNK College of Fine Arts and Humanities, added “Audrey Kauders is a wonderful fit for MONA. As both the deputy director of the Joslyn Art Museum and two-time interim director, she knows Nebraska and she knows the arts in Nebraska. We anticipate that her time at MONA will be very valuable for us.”