John S. Behnke Director
Henry Art Gallery
Kris Lewis joined the Henry Art Gallery of the University of Washington as John S. Behnke Director in August of 2023, following a successful tenure at The Fowler Museum at UCLA where she brought in critical revenue, raised the visibility of the museum, and helped realize countless exhibitions and programs that showcased diverse narratives. Prior to her tenure at the Fowler, she was the director of government and foundation relations at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, where she led her team to raise $30 million in grant funding in four and half years. Kris has held fundraising positions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, and The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; has been an international fundraising consultant; and has managed high-profile public art projects. Kris recently established and oversees The Martha Alf Foundation, which honors the late artist and awards scholarships to MFA students in Los Angeles. She holds a BA in Art History from Denison University and an MA in Visual Arts Administration from New York University, where she has been a visiting lecturer and student mentor since 2015.