About the Staff

David Brenneman


David Brenneman, Wilma E. Kelley Director

davabren@indiana.edu | (812) 855-0608


David A. Brenneman was appointed Wilma E. Kelley Director of the Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art in 2015. Since arriving at the museum, Brenneman has overseen a number of initiatives, including the $30 million renovation of its I. M. Pei–designed building, which includes an enhanced visitor experience; re-imagined interpretative strategies; and new centers for conservation, curatorial studies, education, and prints, drawings, and photographs. As director, he also leads the curatorial team in the creation of a robust exhibition program as well as an acquisitions strategy that strengthens the museum’s collections. Brenneman has also spearheaded several transformative partnerships for the Eskenazi Museum of Art, including those with Tsinghua University Art Museum in Beijing, China, and the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky. Previously, he was the Frances B. Bunzl Family Curator of European Art, then Chief Curator, and, finally, Director of Collections and Exhibitions at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2008, Brenneman was awarded the prestigious Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French government for leading a three-year collaboration of exhibition and exchange programs between the High Museum and the Musée du Louvre. Prior to his role at the High, Brenneman was the Assistant Curator of Paintings at the Yale Center for British Arts in New Haven, Connecticut. He received his BA in art history at Pennsylvania State University and his PhD in art history from Brown University.