, who has directed art museums in Washington state and Florida and filled various posts at academic and public museums in Massachusetts and Ontario, Canada, will assume her
new job Aug. 16.
is perhaps uniquely equipped to continue and intensify these directions.With her
guidance, we believe that the KAM
will reach the potential that we are confident it can achieve."Harleman received a bachelor's degree in art history in 1975 from Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vt., and a master's degree in art history in 1977 from Johns Hopkins University.
At Johns Hopkins, she
specialized in modern art and architecture and Italian Renaissance art and architecture. In 1981, she earned a master's in business administration from the University of Ottawa in Ontario.She
returned to Canada last September to work as a consultant at the Canadian Centre for Architecture
, an international research center and museum in Montreal.Before that, she was executive director of the Bellevue Art Museum in Washington state.From 1998 to 2001, she was the director and chief executive officer of the Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
There, in addition to overseeing exhibitions and educational programs, she
raised funds for a $3 million annual budget and capital project. While she
was there, the museum underwent a building expansion and established an innovative satellite art school in which elementary students received nine weeks of on-site instruction.From 1994 to 1998, Harleman was with the Davis Museum and Cultural Center at Wellesley College in Massachusetts, where she served at various times as acting director, associate director and director of cultural and academic programs. She was a lecturer in Wellesley's Department of Art.Before 1994, Harleman worked in various capacities as a museum professional at the Art Gallery of Ontario, in Toronto, and at the National Gallery of Canada, in Ottawa.