Hill Museum & Manuscript Library names Rachel McGarry and Nick Swenson to Board of Overseers

October 22, 2020
Hill Museum & Manuscript Library names Rachel McGarry and Nick Swenson to Board of Overseers

The Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (HMML) at Saint John’s University announced that Rachel McGarry and Nick Swenson have been named to the 28-elected member Board of Overseers to serve three-years terms.

Rachel McGarry brings to HMML a deep knowledge of Early Modern art history. She is an Associate Curator in the Department of Prints and Drawings at the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia), which she joined in 2006. In addition to significant acquisition and provenance efforts, she has curated dozens of exhibitions, ranging from 15th-century German engravings to 21st-century self-portraits across media. Her research has taken her to the manuscript libraries of Venice, Bologna, and Paris. In 2014, she completed a major catalogue on Mia’s drawings collection, Master Drawings from the Minneapolis Institute of Art, which accompanied the touring exhibition she curated. McGarry earned a bachelor’s degree from Colgate University, and a master’s and doctorate from New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts. She has worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Christie’s auction house in New York, and has taught art history at Stony Brook University, New York, and the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities. A Minnesota native, McGarry also has strong family ties to St. John’s University: her father, a brother, an uncle, and a cousin all are alumni.

Nick Swenson is the Chief Executive Officer of Air T, Inc. (NASDAQ: AIRT), a portfolio of businesses, each of which is independent yet interrelated; and focused on building stakeholder value by activating resources, and making space for the dynamic individuals and teams who wisely get things done. Nick earned a B.A. in History from Middlebury College, and an M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Chicago.

“The HMML board attracts people who first and foremost see value in the humanities and come to appreciate the unique role that HMML plays in preserving cultural heritage,” said Lyndel King, Board chair and retired director of the University of Minnesota Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis. “We’re so pleased that Rachel and Nick are joining the board and offering their enormous talents and support for our work of digitally preserving ancient manuscripts of diverse world cultures at risk of being destroyed by war, disaster, looting and neglect.”