James Rondeau gains top post at Art Institute of Chicago

James Rondeau with Georgia O'Keeffe's 'Sky Above Clouds IV,' 1965. The Art Institute of Chicago. © The Art Institute of Chicago.

James Rondeau with Georgia O’Keeffe’s ‘Sky Above Clouds IV,’ 1965. The Art Institute of Chicago. © The Art Institute of Chicago.


CHICAGO – The Art Institute of Chicago has named James Rondeau the new president and director of the museum. Rondeau will succeed Douglas Druick, who announced in October his plans to retire after more than 30 years of service to the institution.

Rondeau, an internationally respected curator and scholar, has led two of the Art Institute’s curatorial departments in his 18 year tenure with the museum.

Robert M. Levy, chairman of the board of trustees made the announcement Thursday.

Rondeau, 46, is currently the curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the museum. He joined the Art Institute of Chicago in 1998 as an associate curator of Contemporary Art and rose to become department chair in 2004.

Rondeau has published and lectured extensively, with 13 exhibition catalogs to his credit, numerous essays and articles, and talks from Basel to Madrid and from New York to San Francisco. He has been awarded many professional honors and has served on various advisory councils and boards. Rondeau earned a B.A. from Middlebury College in 1991. In 1994, he earned a M.A. in the History of Art from Williams College.