Robyn Kennedy, Chief Administrator, Renwick Gallery

Robyn Kennedy is the chief administrator of the Renwick Gallery, the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s branch for contemporary craft and decorative art. She oversees daily operations, building facilities, exhibitions, and long-term planning at the Renwick Gallery.

During her tenure, Kennedy has overseen the two-year, $30 million renovation of the Renwick Gallery’s National Historic Landmark building. The project includes new infrastructure, restored historic features, dramatically improved energy efficiency, and other upgrades that make it a 21st-century destination attraction.

Recently, Kennedy coordinated the presentation of the spring 2017 exhibitions “June Schwarcz: Invention and Variation” and “Voulkos: The Breakthrough Years.” Currently, she is organizing the presentation of "Ginny Ruffner: Reforestation of the Imagination" that opens on June 28, 2019.  

Kennedy joined the Smithsonian American Art Museum staff in 1980 and became an exhibition designer in 1990. She has been a manager at the Renwick Gallery since 2004.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. In 2008, she participated in the prestigious professional development program, the Museum Leadership Institute, which is part of the Getty Foundation’s Getty Leadership Institute.

About the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery

The Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery is the home to one of the most significant and most inclusive collections of American art in the world. Its artworks reveal America’s rich artistic and cultural history from the colonial period to today. The Renwick Gallery, a branch museum dedicated to contemporary craft and decorative arts, is located on Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street N.W. The museum’s main building is located at Eighth and G streets N.W., above the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metrorail station. Both locations are closed temporarily as a public health precaution to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Follow the museum on FacebookInstagramTwitter and YouTube. Smithsonian information: (202) 633-1000. Museum information (recorded): (202) 633-7970. Website:

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