Mariët Westermann Takes on Expanded Role

Mariët Westermann has been promoted to Executive Vice President for Programs and Research at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. In this new position, she will play an expanded role in the formulation and implementation of key strategic directions.  She will, for example, co-lead new research initiatives on problems that are central to the Foundation’s mission.  Ms. Westermann, who joined Mellon as Vice President in 2010, will continue to direct the Foundation’s grantmaking programs while working closely with the president and her fellow officers. 

At the Mellon Foundation, she has launched major new initiatives, including programs that expand access to the humanities throughout the system of higher education, support artists at risk of persecution, deploy the humanities in the study of cities, and strengthen collaborations between art museums and doctoral education. In 2015, she commissioned a groundbreaking study documenting the state of diversity in American art museums.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Ms. Westermann was the first provost and chief academic officer of New York University Abu Dhabi, charged with directing the development of the new campus and overseeing the design of the academic program and recruitment of the faculty.  Earlier in her career, she served as director and Paulette Goddard Professor at the Institute of Fine Arts at NYU and held positions as associate director of research and academic programs at the Clark Art Institute and as assistant and associate professor at Rutgers University.

Ms. Westermann earned her BA at Williams College, and her MA and PhD in the history of art at NYU's Institute of Fine Arts.  She is the author of numerous books and articles on the history of art in the Netherlands, and has received fellowships and grants from the American Philosophical Society, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, Clark Art Institute, and National Endowment for the Humanities.  Ms. Westermann has also served as book reviews editor for The Art Bulletin.  She is a trustee of MASS MoCA and of  Little Red School House and Elizabeth Irwin High School, and serves on the Advisory Committee of the Scholar Rescue Fund.