Barbara Hunt McLanahan joined Children’s Museum of the Arts as Executive Director in 2013, having formerly been the Executive Director of Judd Foundation (2006 – 2013), the Executive Director of Artists Space, NY (2000–2006), Visual AIDS, NY (1997–2000) and Camerawork Gallery + Darkroom, London, UK (1992—1996). Following a BA(Hons) degree in Visual and Performed Arts and a postgraduate diploma in Gallery and Museum Studies at the Universities of Kent and Manchester respectively, she worked as a curator and arts administrator for over 20 years on both sides of the Atlantic.
She has been an active volunteer throughout her career, sitting on the board of the African and Asian Visual Artists Archive and the Leisure Services Committee of the Royal National Institute for the Blind in the United Kingdom, as well as participating in Godzilla, a group of Asian American artists and curators, and sitting on the board of ABACA (Arts Benefit All Coalition Alternative) at Satellite Academy.
She joined the board of the Jerome Foundation in Minneapolis in 2007. In 2006 she was named Chevalier of L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the Republic of France. Ms. Hunt McLanahan has been a panelist and lecturer at museums, non-profit galleries, conferences and colleges in the US and UK, particularly on career options for emerging artists and the changing opportunities facing artist-run alternative spaces.