Director's Note

After much planning and preparation, we are thrilled to announce that construction on the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum expansion is beginning. 

After the galleries close for construction on May 22, we will be busy preparing for the next chapter in the Museum’s history: researching and organizing an expanded display of the permanent collection, planning future exhibitions, and developing a new collection database and Museum website. We will host off-site programs and continue to welcome Washington University classes to the Study Room. We are especially pleased to be collaborating with the Saint Louis Art Museum, which will display a selection of artworks from the Kemper Art Museum’s collection beginning this fall.

We are immensely grateful for the ongoing support of the Museum’s members and friends—and the sustaining support of the Kemper family—as we embark on this remarkable journey. With the increased access to the Museum’s extraordinary collection that the expansion will provide, we are poised to become an even greater resource for students, scholars, and the larger community. We look forward to keeping you up to date throughout the construction process and welcoming you to the transformed Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum in the fall of 2019!

With best wishes,

Sabine Eckmann, PhD
William T. Kemper Director and Chief Curator