Kinshasha Holman Conwill

Updated
30 Nov 2016

Kinshasha Holman Conwill has more than 35 years of experience in arts and museum management. Since 2006, she has served as deputy director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Smithsonian Institution's nineteenth and newest museum, scheduled to open in 2015. In this position, Conwill is engaged in fulfilling the museum's vision by cultivating fundraising and membership campaign efforts, fostering external partnerships, expanding the museum's collection, developing exhibitions and public programs, supervising building design and construction and administering the museum's daily operations.

Formerly an arts, museum, and management consultant, her projects included serving as a senior policy advisor for the Museums & Community Initiative of the American Association of Museums and project director for the New York City Creative Communities Leveraging Investments in Creativity program. From 1988–99 she was director of the Studio Museum in Harlem after joining the museum in 1980 as deputy director. She also has served as assistant exhibit coordinator for the Museum of the American Indian in New York City, worked as coordinator of activities for the Frank Lloyd Wright Hollyhock House, and taught art in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Among other roles, she has served as a panelist for the New York State Council on the Arts and on advisory and grant committees for the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Rockefeller Foundation. Conwill served as a Center management panelist in 2011.