Bellevue Arts Museum board of trustees last week named Karin Kidder as the museum’s new executive director. Kidder, previously the museum’s director of marketing and communications, has served as BAM’s interim executive director since November.


Bellevue Arts Museum executive director, Karin Kidder. Photo courtesy Bellevue Arts Museum.

“Karin brings tremendous experience and skill to this leadership role,” Dr. Julie Miller, president of the BAM’s board of trustees, said in a press release. “Her extensive background in the arts, strong business acumen, and intimate knowledge of BAM will help us deliver on our mission and vision.”

Kidder, who has more than 20 years of experience working in international business development and marketing, has a successful track record of leading organizations with a focus on development and outreach, marketing strategy, and community relations.

“BAM is an incredible institution that plays a vital role in the Pacific Northwest and the greater arts community” Kidder said in a press release. “I am excited to lead the institution as we embark upon our 71st BAM ARTSfair. Forty-two years after its founding, BAM continues to be known for the quality of its exhibitions and for celebrating emerging and nationally recognized artists. We will continue to feature the same quality exhibitions that represent the best of art, craft, and design, while strengthening our partnerships within the community.”

Kidder’s appointment also coincides with an exciting year ahead for the museum. In addition to BAM ARTSfair and several critically acclaimed exhibitions, in March the museum will begin exterior construction, the result of two recently received gifts from Kemper Development company.