MBAs on the Move

Museum Exec Went From Art History to the Business of Art

As an undergrad at Swarthmore, Claire Ruud studied classics and planned an academic career. She later switched to art history and pursued a masters at the University of Texas, while managing a non-profit artists’ space in Austin. Realizing she could contribute more by managing artists and money, she attended Yale School of Management because of its leadership in the social sector. Post-MBA, she worked as deputy director for the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and now Claire has a fulfilling role at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, where she makes a community impact through art.

  • BA, Art History
  • Yale School of Management
  • Director of Curatorial Strategy – Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

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