Kinshasha Holman Conwill

Smithsonian Institution
Humanities and Arts
Visual Arts

Kinshasha Holman Conwill has served as deputy director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture since 2006. With founding director Lonnie Bunch, she worked to plan and develop the museum and its collections, enabling it to open to the public in September 2016, as the 19th and newest museum of the Smithsonian Institution. 

Prior to joining NMAAHC she was an arts, museum, and management consultant where her projects included acting as senior policy advisor for the Museums and Community Initiative of the American Association of Museums, project director for the New York City Creative Communities program of LINC (Leveraging Investments in Creativity), project director and managing editor for Culture Counts: Strategies for a More Vibrant Cultural Life for New York City (New York Foundation for the Arts), and project manager for Creative Downtown: The Role of Culture in Rebuilding Lower Manhattan (New York City Arts Coalition).

She was director of The Studio Museum in Harlem from 1988 to 1999, where she conceptualized, organized, or co-organized more than 40 major exhibitions, many of which traveled nationally. She also served as assistant exhibit coordinator for the Museum of the American Indian in New York City and Coordinator of Activities for the Frank Lloyd Wright Hollyhock House. 

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