Karen Brosius became the Museum’s executive director in February 2004. In 2013, she received the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce Recognition of Excellence in Community Leadership, and in 2014 she was appointed by the South Carolina Arts Commission as a Leo Twiggs Scholar and by Furman University as a Riley Institute Fellow. Brosius has worked in all facets of arts management and outreach and came to the Museum from Altria Group, Inc., New York, New York, where her most recent position there was Director of Media Relations. She served as a senior philanthropic, arts, and communications executive at the company. She worked closely with leaders in government, nonprofit, business and the media, including the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, and local and state arts councils. She also worked with leaders in national service organizations such as the American Association of Museums and the Council on Foundations. In addition, Brosius worked on major artist retrospectives, including Jacob Lawrence, John Biggers, Frida Kahlo and a number of living artists including Louise Bourgeois, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Thomas Struth and Michael Lucero. Her 21 years with Altria — parent company of Kraft Foods and Philip Morris — included tenures as Director of Corporate Affairs and Director of Corporate Contributions and Public Affairs. Prior to Altria, Brosius served as Public Affairs Officer for The Pierpont Morgan Library in New York and as Researcher for the Research Foundation of the City of New York.
Brosius currently serves on the board of The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD), the South Carolina Arts Alliance, and has served on the board of directors for Arts & Business Council, ArtTable, Funders Concerned About AIDS, National AIDS Fund, Danspace and City Harvest as well as serving on the Council on Foundations Corporate Committee, Council on Foundations Media and Public Affairs Committee and Women in Communications.
Brosius received a master’s degree, summa cum laude, from City University of New York, Hunter College. She also attended the Juilliard School of Music; Ecoles d’arts américaines, Fontainebleau, France; Bryn Mawr, Avignon, France; and Butler University, Indiana.
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