Meet Our Board
Philanthropist and arts patron Alice Walton is committed to increasing access to arts, improving education, enhancing health, and advancing economic opportunity for all. Alice is dedicated to promoting diversity and access in all of her philanthropic work.
In 2005, Alice Walton founded Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art as a non-profit charitable organization for all to enjoy. Alice’s interest in art began in her childhood when she discovered watercolors. She and her mother often painted with watercolors on family camping trips or on hikes in the Ozarks. As an adult, Alice began to collect watercolor paintings, and over time, that grew into a broader interest in art history and all types of American art. Read More
Charles M. Diker
Charles M. Diker is the chairman of the board and founder of Cantel Medical Corp., a New York Stock Exchange listed company, marketing and manufacturing infection control products. He is also the managing partner of Diker Management LLC, a registered investment advisor and a director of Loews Corporation. Currently, he is on the board of trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the board of trustees of the Guggenheim Museum and is a trustee of the Mailman School of Public Health. He is also the founding chairman of the National Museum of the American Indian, George Gustav Heye Center, and serves on the board.
Darren Walker is president of the Ford Foundation, a $13 billion social justice philanthropy with offices in the U.S. and 10 global regions. For two decades, he has been a leader in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. Darren led the philanthropy committee that helped bring a resolution to the city of Detroit’s historic bankruptcy and chairs the U.S. Impact Investing Alliance and the Presidents’ Council on Disability Inclusion in Philanthropy. He serves on the boards of Carnegie Hall, the High Line, VOW to End Child Marriage, Committee to Protect Journalists, National Gallery of Art and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Educated exclusively in public schools, Darren was a member of the first Head Start class in 1965 and received his bachelor’s and law degrees from The University of Texas at Austin. He has been on Time Magazine‘s annual 100 Most Influential People in the World.
Glenn D. Lowry
Glenn D. Lowry became the sixth director of The Museum of Modern Art in 1995. He leads a staff of over 900 people and directs an active program of exhibitions, acquisitions and publications. He is a member of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s Board of Trustees, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a resident member of the American Philosophical Society. He also serves on the advisory council of the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University and is second vice president of the Association of Art Museum Directors.
Gretchen Dietrich is executive director of the Utah Museum of Fine Arts at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Under her leadership, the UMFA has flourished, with increased attendance, audience engagement and community outreach, higher revenues and new institutional support. Prior to her tenure at UMFA, she held positions at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. From 2015-2018, Dietrich served on the board of the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) and oversaw AAMD’s Education & Community Issues Committee.
Michael Govan joined the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) as chief executive officer and Wallis Annenberg director in 2006. In this role, he oversees all activities of the museum, from art programming to the expansion and upgrade of the museum’s 20-acre campus. During his tenure, LACMA has acquired by donation or purchase more than 56,000 works for the permanent collection, doubled gallery space and programs and more than doubled its average annual attendance to well over one million. Currently the museum is in the process of building a new, state-of-the-art permanent collection building designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Peter Zumthor.
Pauline Forlenza has been the director and CEO of the American Federation of Arts (AFA), a century-old, not-for-profit organization that develops, raises money, and handles all logistics to tour top quality exhibitions to museums across America, since 2012. Ms. Forlenza previously served as the organization’s deputy director and chief operating officer. Under her leadership, the AFA’s exhibition program has been reinvigorated and traveling exhibitions increased from two to more than 20. Working with the board of trustees and a strengthened staff, she also developed innovative programs relating to museum exhibitions and collaborations, expanded the organization’s membership program and raised funds to enable these endeavors. She is a board member of ArtTable, a national organization for professional women in the arts, and is affiliated with the American Association of Museum Directors.
Rod Bigelow is the executive director of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and holds the title of chief diversity and inclusion officer. In this role, he guides the development of diverse museum teams in achieving the museum’s mission of welcoming all to experience the transformative power of art, architecture, and nature on its 120-acre campus. During his tenure, Crystal Bridges has welcomed more than 5.6 million visitors. In 2020, Crystal Bridges opened a satellite venue, the Momentary, championing the role of contemporary visual and performing arts in everyday life.