The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City has announced a gift from trustee Marina Kellen French to endow the museum's directorship position.
Awarded through the Marina Kellen French Foundation and Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation, the gift will also provide support for general operating expenses. In recognition of the gift, the director's position, which has been held by Max Hollein since 2018, will be renamed the Marina Kellen French Director.
French previously endowed the department's Marina Kellen French Curatorship and helped pioneer the museum's Executive Leadership Program.
"It is a great joy and honor to support the Metropolitan Museum of Art," said French. "I inherited my love of the arts from my parents, whose passion for the Met stemmed from their desire to give all New Yorkers access to an incredible art institution while also inspiring a global audience. Both of these missions are equally if not more important today."