Rachael Blackburn Cozad has over twenty-five years of comprehensive experience in the visual arts including eleven years as director and CEO of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, Missouri, an institution recognized for its collection of modern and contemporary art, for its exhibitions of established and emerging artists, for its large-scale public art projects, and for its Collectors Forum program for art collectors.
Prior to this, Rachael was Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Foundation in Los Angeles, which holds and manages the world’s largest collection of sculpture by the 19th Century French master Auguste Rodin (1840-1917).
Rachael holds a M.A. in art history from California State University, Los Angeles, and a B.A. from Texas Christian University.
She has curated exhibitions for many major museums including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.
She has led major projects at The White House and New York’s Rockefeller Center and internationally, in Australia, France, Russia and Singapore. Her record of publications produced in conjunction with these exhibitions is extensive and include, most recently, Wyeth: Three Generations of Artistry and The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art: The First Ten Years as well as two authoritative books on Rodin, Rodin: A Magnificent Obsession (the Catalogue Raisonné of the Cantor holdings) and Rodin’s Monument to Victor Hugo.
Her company, Rachael Cozad Fine Art in Kansas City, specializes in 19th and 20th century American art, with a special focus on George Caleb Bingham. Rachael Cozad Fine Art is the sponsor of the George Caleb Bingham Catalogue Raisonne Supplement (of Paintings & Drawings) and she serves on the Advisory Committee.