Feldman, 41, is currently director of the Brooks Museum of Art in Memphis. She'll be the first female MIA director in a history that stretches back to the founding of the Minneapolis Society of Fine Arts in 1883. She replaces William Griswold, who is moving to New York to head the Morgan Library & Museum.
"First and foremost, I was attracted by the collection," said Feldman. "It's a remarkable collection of international importance. And then there was the warmth of the community, the friendly people, the level of philanthropy. It's a great opportunity as well as a great place to live."