Kim Kanatani, Museum Director of UCI Institute and Museum of California Art
, today announced the appointment of Katlyn (Kate) Heusner as the Executive Director of Development, a new position, effective October 25, 2021. Heusner will work in close coordination with Kanatani, IMCA Interim Deputy Director Anne Bergeron, and the UC Irvine Advancement team to lead IMCAs development program with a goal of securing philanthropic investments to support its mission and vision.
Kanatani said, With her deep experience working in the visual arts in a range of capacities that include fundraising, grants management, curatorial activities, artists liaison, and more, Kate is uniquely qualified to serve as IMCAs inaugural Executive Director of Development. We are delighted to welcome her to IMCAs senior team as we develop programs, implement our strategic plan, and look ahead to realize an architecturally significant facility for the campus and community in the coming years."
I am honored to join UCI IMCA at this pivotal moment in its early history, said Heusner. I deeply believe in the mission of public research institutions and the role of the arts in catalyzing creativity, empathy, and innovation. The new museum and institute are singularly positioned to utilize art inspired by the California experience to address the top global challenges of our time and I am grateful to be a part of this endeavor.
Heusner was most recently Managing Director of Development at the Rady School of Management at the University of California, San Diego, where she guided the philanthropic priorities of the schools $150 million goal as part of the universitys $2 billion campaign. She managed a team of five who collectively raised over $7 million annually for the school, and personally solicited and secured multiple gifts in the six-and seven-figures.
Previously, she served as Development Director of Lux Art Institute in Encinitas, CA, where she directed individual and institutional fundraising activities and earned revenue strategies that generated over $1 million annually. She also designed and executed a targeted capital campaign in support of a new education pavilion designed for exhibitions and artist residencies.
From 2013-14, Heusner provided curatorial and fundraising assistance to the curator of Portland2014, the contemporary art biennial presented by Disjecta Contemporary Art Center in Portland, OR. Prior to that, she served as Deputy Director of Galerie Mor Charpentier in Paris, managing all aspects of the start-up art gallerys operations, including international projects.
Heusner received her BA in history from Boston College and MA in history of art and architecture, University of Oregon College of Design.