Diane Mullin is the senior curator at the Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota. Her curatorial work has focused on modern and contemporary art. She co-curated Paul Shambroom: Picturing Power (2007) with Christopher Scoates and Helena Reckitt, which toured to four sites nationally and was accompanied by a fully illustrated catalog with scholarly essays. Other exhibitions include Sacred Texts: Words and Belief in Contemporary Art (MCAD) and SAD: Illuminating a Northern View of Darkness, Fa La La La La: The Norton Family Christmas Gifts; Ordinarily Here, By the People, For the People: New Deal Art at the Weisman, and Common Sense: Art and the Everyday (all at WAM).
In addition to her essay for the Paul Shambroom catalog, Mullin has published essays and reviews in numerous journals, including New Art Examiner, Public Art Review, Art on Paper, Art Papers, and mnartists.org. She is currently working on a mid-career survey of the visual artist Piotr Szyhalski and a suite of commission-based exhibitions that invite artists to engage with particular WAM collections by both presenting the collection and creating a new work in response to it.
Mullin holds a PhD and an MA in art history from Washington University in St. Louis. Her graduate research focused on 1970s body work and changing notions of subjectivity in mid-century American art and culture, particularly as evidenced in Robert Rauschenberg’s earliest work. A Kress Foundation dissertation grant and a Smithsonian graduate fellowship supported her PhD work on Rauschenberg. While a graduate student, Mullin was awarded a competitive summer internship position at the Washington University Gallery of Art. After the internship period she was hired as a curatorial assistant, working with the director and curator doing research, gallery talks, and curating an exhibition of video work.
Mullin has taught college and graduate level classes at a number of institutions, including Washington University in St. Louis as a senior teaching fellow; University of Missouri, St. Louis; University of Minnesota; College of Visual Arts, Saint Paul; and Minneapolis College of Art and Design, where she was an assistant professor from 1999-2004. During her tenure at MCAD, Mullin became the director of galleries and exhibitions, curating exhibitions, organizing faculty and student exhibitions, and managing two major foundation funded grant programs. She regularly sits on PhD, MA, and MFA thesis committees at the University of Minnesota and MCAD. She has served on numerous exhibition and grant juries and sits on the board of directors of Franconia Sculpture Park in Shafer, MN, and the advisory board of the Soap Factory.