Karen Quinlan AM has been the Director of the National Portrait Gallery since December 2018. Karen commenced her curatorial career in 1994 at the National Gallery of Victoria before becoming Curator of the Bendigo Art Gallery in 1996. Karen served as the Director of the Bendigo Art Gallery from 2000 until 2018 and was instrumental in working with international cultural institutions, attracting high profile exhibitions to regional Victoria including the current exhibition, Tudors to Windsors from the collection of the National Portrait Gallery in London.
Karen was a Professor of Practice and previously Director of the La Trobe Art Institute La Trobe University; a former Trustee of the State Library of Victoria; and Board Member and former Chair of the Public Galleries Association of Victoria. In 2017 Karen was appointed as a board member of the Victorian Foundation of Living Australian Artists, for the National Gallery of Victoria.
Karen is the mother of two, loves running and has competed in several half marathons and numerous fun runs.