SANTA FE — The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs (NMDCA) announced Monday that Khristaan Villella, executive director of Museum of International Folk Art (MOIFA) and chair of arts and sciences for NMDCA, has become an associate director at Getty Research Institute. He will oversee the Dissemination and External Affairs.
Villella has been executive director at MOIFA since 2016.
“During his tenure, Dr. Villella has increased the visibility of the museum, while forging new partnerships within and beyond the department that have benefited New Mexicans across the state,” NMDCA Cabinet Secretary Debra Garcia y Griego said. “Although he will be greatly missed, we congratulate him on his new position and wish him great success.”
An interim executive director will be named while the Board of Regents conducts an executive search.