Arts and Science Committee Chair
Executive Director/CEO, Museum of Northern Arizona
Mary Kershaw joined the Museum of Northern Arizona as Executive Director and CEO in June 2019. In 2010, After 25 years in museums in England, Mary returned to the US as director of the New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe where she developed a more ambitious, collection-centered, audience-focused program and celebrated the museum’s centennial with an award-winning refurbishment of the historic museum and a $10m capital campaign for a new contemporary art venue.
As Director of Collections for York Museums Trust in the UK Mary oversaw select projects such as the restoration of York Art Gallery and Yorkshire Museum, developing state-of-the-art storage, and a deliverable management plan for over 5 million objects. Mary served as Board Member for the Museums Association, Yorkshire Museums Council, Yorkshire Archaeological Society, served on the national Accreditation panel and two Parliamentary Advisory Panels, and was curatorial advisor to four independent museums. International experience includes projects with the UK, Lithuania, Poland, Austria, and Germany.
A graduate of the prestigious Executive Leadership Program at GLI (Getty Leadership Institute), Mary now serves as Peer Mentor for Fellows in that program. In the UK, Mary was awarded a Fellowship of the Museums Association. Outside of museums, Mary occasionally works in film production and has a page on IMDb.com