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Staff Bios

​Don Bacigalupi

Founding President

Lucas Museum Founding President Don Bacigalupi is a visionary leader in the development and creation of major new museums and museum expansions. He brings more than 20 years of experience in innovative museum management, collection and exhibition development and inspired educational programming to the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. Bacigalupi will build and lead the team at the Lucas Museum, creating a pioneering institution in the presentation and exploration of narrative art. 

Most recently, Bacigalupi served as the President and Executive Director of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, where he led all aspects of the museum’s planning, development and construction leading to its opening in 2011, and beyond. Prior to joining Crystal Bridges, Bacigalupi served as President, Director and CEO of the Toledo Museum of Art, where he oversaw the construction and opening of its world-renowned Glass Pavilion. He previously served as the Executive Director of the San Diego Museum of Art. 

Bacigalupi earned his master’s and doctorate degrees in art history from the University of Texas at Austin. He has served on the boards of numerous organizations, including the Association of Art Museum Directors and the National Committee of the International Council of Museums. A respected scholar and seasoned lecturer both domestically and abroad, he has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards and was a 1996 fellow at the Getty Trust.

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Judy Kim

Deputy Director

Deputy Director Judy Kim brings an unparalleled museum knowledge and skillset to the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. Her experience and perspective will help guide the Museum during these formative times and well into the future.

Working with the Museum President, Kim will be responsible for a significant scope of early stage planning and strategic management to ensure the Lucas Museum’s successful development, construction, staffing, launch and ongoing programming and operations. She will also be involved in recruiting and hiring a talented team to advance the Museum’s development and programming.

Previously, as Director of Affiliates and Abu Dhabi Project Operations for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, Kim led strategic thinking for the planned museum in the United Arab Emirates. She was also responsible for all daily management between the Guggenheim in New York and its affiliate museums in Europe. Prior to her work at the Guggenheim, Kim served as Head of Exhibitions Divison at the Brooklyn Museum where she oversaw all aspects of the museum’s exhibitions program, managed multiple project-based teams, developed future projects and curated contemporary exhibitions, as well as serving as in-house curator for major traveling exhibitions.

Kim has held curatorial positions at the American Federation of Arts, New York; the Wadsworth Athenaeum Museum of Art, Hartford, Connecticut; and, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia. 

She earned her bachelor’s degree in art history with honors from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and her master’s degree in curatorial studies in contemporary art and culture from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, where she was a CCS fellow. She has also studied at the Getty Leadership Institute, The Museum Leadership Institute.

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