Gretchen Dietrich has dedicated more than twenty years of her professional life to the field of art museums and believes passionately in the central importance of art and museums in contemporary society and culture. Dietrich was named Executive Director of the Utah Museum of Fine Arts located in the beautiful Marcia and John Price Museum Building at the University ofUtah in August 2010. She joined the staff of the UMFA in 2008 as Director of Public Programs and Curatorial Affairs and served as Interim Director from April 2009 to August 2010. Before joining the UMFA, Gretchen was Executive Director of the Utah Museums Association, a non-profit, professional membership organization serving Utah's museum community
Previously, she was Director of Education at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, CT. Additionally, she has held a variety positions in exhibition planning, museum education and public programming at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
She holds an MA in art history from Temple University and a BA in art history from Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia. She is Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Utah Nonprofit Association, an elected member of the Association of Art Museum Directors, and a member of the Governor-appointed Board of the State Office of Museum Services.