Audrey Kauders
Director, Museum of Nebraska Art (MONA), UNK

MONA celebrates Nebraska’s artistic culture and heritage by collecting, preserving, exhibiting and interpreting art that is significant to our state. Under Audrey’s guidance the museum has truly embraced that mission.

Pictured: Chancellor Kristensen; husband, Richard Kauders; Audrey Kauders; Regent Schroeder

In Audrey’s time at the museum, MONA has acquired 574 new works, while the ART-reach outreach program has placed 86 exhibitions in 33 different Nebraska communities. She has ensured that MONA be in the forefront in art technology, implementing in-gallery electronic guides, podcasts and other technologies to help patrons learn about art and give visitors a sense of place. She has organized annual special exhibitions, about half of which are drawn from MONA’s own collections. And this spring the biennial fund-raising event, “Spirit: A Celebration of Art in the Heartland,” recorded a record $500,000.

Audrey is quick to give credit to her colleagues, but she is the one who has provided conceptual leadership through specialized knowledge of art museum practices. She plans and directs all museum activities and operations, including artistic direction, collections, scholarship and programs. She oversees administrative and financial activities.

MONA is a treasure. So is its director, according to Dr. William Jurma, Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Humanities. He says of Audrey: “She has an excellent vision for and serves as an enthusiastic advocate for MONA, and her skillful application of knowledge and experience reinforce the uniqueness of the museum.”

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