Mariët Westermann is Executive Vice President of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, where she oversees the grantmaking and research programs and other strategic efforts. Since joining the Foundation in 2010, she has created initiatives in graduate education reform; partnerships between community colleges and research universities; research on the value of liberal arts education; support for refugee scholars and artists; diversity and inclusion in cultural organizations; and arts and cultural heritage preservation, particularly in India and the MENA region.Westermann was the first provost of New York University Abu Dhabi, charged with developing the campus and overseeing the curriculum design and faculty recruitment. At NYU, she had previously served as director and Paulette Goddard Professor at the Institute of Fine Arts. She was associate director of research at the Clark Art Institute and first received tenure at Rutgers University.
A historian of Netherlandish art, Westermann is the author of A Worldly Art: The Dutch Republic 1585-1718 (1996), The Amusements of Jan Steen: Comic Painting in the 17th Century (1997), (2000), and numerous articles. She has edited five books, including Anthropologies of Art (2005). Her museum work includes her Rijksmuseum Dossier: Johannes Vermeer (2004) and the exhibition and catalogue Art and Home: Dutch Interiors in the Age of Rembrandt (Denver Art Museum and Newark Museum, 2001). She is currently preparing an exhibition on Gardens of Eden, and publishes more broadly on issues in the humanities and arts ecosystem.
Westermann earned a BA at Williams College and the PhD at NYU's Institute of Fine Arts. She has received grants and fellowships from the American Philosophical Society, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, Clark Art Institute, and National Endowment for the Humanities. Westermann is a trustee of MASS MoCA and of the Little Red School House and Elisabeth Irwin High School, and serves on the Advisory Committee of the Scholar Rescue Fund.
Mariët Westermann and her husband, Charles Pardoe, have four children and live in New York City.