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About the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art 

Founded by philanthropist and filmmaker George Lucas and his wife, Mellody Hobson, Co-CEO and President of Ariel Investments, the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art will inspire current and future generations through the universal art of visual storytelling. The museum will present permanent collection and rotating exhibitions for diverse public audiences which will feature illustrations, paintings, comic art, photography, and an in-depth exploration of the arts of filmmaking (including storyboards, costumes, animation, visual effects, and more). Extensive education programming designed for all ages will explore innovative ways for visitors to engage with narrative art. Designed by renowned architect Ma Yansong and under construction in Los Angeles’ Exposition Park, the museum will feature new public green space, state-of-the-art cinematic theaters, a research library, numerous spaces for onsite education, restaurants, retail, and event spaces.


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Staff Bios

John McCarter

Interim President

John McCarter is the interim president of the museum. Mr. McCarter has extensive experience in the museum arena. He currently serves on the Smithsonian Institution’s Board of Regents. From 2015 to 2018, he served as chair and was responsible for overseeing the Smithsonian’s 19 museums. Mr. McCarter is also a life trustee and president emeritus of the Field Museum. During his 16-year tenure, Mr. McCarter oversaw a major expansion of the Field Museum and a significant increase in the scope of its research activities.

Mr. McCarter is an emeritus trustee of the University of Chicago, former trustee of Princeton University and a former member of the board of the Argonne National Laboratory. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Additionally, Mr. McCarter has had a long and distinguished career in business and the public sector and has served on five corporate boards.

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 Division 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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