About \\ Curators

Curatorial profile

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Kathy Fredrickson, Chief of Curatorial Affairs

Fredrickson joined PEM in 2011, relocating from Chicago where she was partner at the design firm, Studio Blue, for over 15 years. In that capacity, Fredrickson led strategic planning, research, creative direction, and design for publications, interactive media, and brand identity for clients including the Terra Foundation, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Central Intelligence Agency. She lectured at schools including Yale University, the University of Kansas, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Prior to joining Studio Blue, Fredrickson was Associate Director of Publications at the Art Institute of Chicago and worked on the special publications team at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

In her role as Chief of Curatorial Affairs at PEM, Fredrickson works in close collaboration with the Deputy Director, helping manage the day-to-day exhibition and collection-related activities of the Museum’s curators. The position focuses on team building and developing replicable processes that enhance cross-departmental collaboration. It includes creating and sustaining new models for idea generation and design thinking in support of PEM’s mission to create transformative experiences. In addition, she leads the Exhibition Research and Publishing team to support the Museum’s exhibition, collection installation, and publishing programs. Since joining PEM, Fredrickson has produced numerous publications in collaboration with partners such as the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Yale University Press, Prestel, and Rizzoli.

Fredrickson holds a Bachelor’s degree in English literature from Middlebury College and a Master’s degree in arts administration and public policy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Follow @katfred1 on Instagram.