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Profile - April Kingsley: Curator and senior specialist

Monday, November 17, 2008

By Kristi Jourdan - University Relations

April Kingsley, Kresge Art Museum curator and senior specialist For April Kingsley, art isn’t just a job; it’s a way of life.

The Kresge Art Museum curator and senior specialist has been meeting with artists nationwide and bringing their works to East Lansing since August 1999. And when Kingsley’s not at the museum, she’s probably at an art gallery drumming up some ideas to take back to work.

“If I go some place it’s only if there’s art to see,” Kingsley said of her “nothing but art” mentality. “It’s my one passion in life. I wouldn’t go any place if there wasn’t any art to see.”

Kingsley has worked in New York at the Museum of Modern Art and American Craft Museum as well as the Pasadena Museum of California Art. The hardest part of being a curator, she says, is trying to determine what pieces to bring to an exhibit.

“There’s just so much out there, just to decide what to focus on is difficult,” Kingsley said.

From 19th century American landscape paintings to potteries and vases, Kingsley has selected many pieces to showcase at Kresge Art Museum.

“You track down artists, meet with them, it’s always something different. It’s always fun,” she said. “It’s a great job, the best in the world as far as I’m concerned. There’s almost really no routine. It depends on what’s going on.”

Currently, Kingsley is writing and preparing an art catalogue to include expressionist paintings that MSU will publish for an upcoming travelling exhibit. That on top of writing essays and acquiring art is only a handful of her daily responsibilities.

Kingsley lives with her husband in Okemos. She has one daughter, Grace and one granddaughter.