Mariët Westermann is Vice President of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Prior to taking up her position at the Foundation, Ms. Westermann was provost and chief academic officer of New York University Abu Dhabi, having started the development of the campus in 2007. At NYU, she was also director of the Institute of Fine Arts for six years, after serving as associate director of research and academic programs at the Clark Art Institute in Massachusetts, and as assistant and associate professor at Rutgers University.
A historian of European art, Ms. Westermann is the author of several books, including A Worldly Art: The Dutch Republic 1585-1718 (ranked a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times), The Amusements of Jan Steen: Comic Painting in the 17th Century, Rembrandt: Art and Ideas, and Anthropologies of Art. Collaborating frequently with museums, she wrote the Rijksmuseum Dossier: Johannes Vermeer and served as guest curator of the exhibition Art and Home: Dutch Interiors in the Age of Rembrandt (Newark Museum and Denver Art Museum). Her current research concerns the medium of painting as a resource of European culture and the Garden of Eden in the imagination of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
Ms. Westermann received her BA magna cum laude in history from Williams College, and her MA and PhD in the history of art at NYU's Institute of Fine Arts.