Arif Khan

Arif Khan has nearly 20 years of experience in contemporary visual arts organizations and art museums. He has expertise in the fields of museum administration, fundraising, collections management, exhibition development, museum education and strategic planning with contemporary artists.

Arif Khan is currently the Director of the University of New Mexico Art Museum in Albuquerque, New Mexico. A position he has held since 2016.  

In this executive position, Arif oversees all aspects of the museum’s operations including supervising exhibitions, managing the collection, fundraising and visual arts education programs. 

Prior to working at the UNM Art Museum Arif served as Curator of Art at the Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences in Charleston, WV; Gallery Director at Tamarind Institute, Albuquerque, NM; Curator of the Governor’s Gallery, New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM; and Artist Coordinator for the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts, Santa Fe, NM.  

He holds a BA in History from Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisconsin; MA in American Studies from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque; and an MA in Art Business from the Sotheby’s Institute, London, UK. In 2012 Arif completed The Getty Leadership Institute’s “Museum Leaders: The Next Generation (NextGen)” professional development program.