News Release

Update on Search for Cleveland Museum of Art Director

Friday, January 10, 2014

Caroline Guscott

The Cleveland Museum of Art
cguscott [at] clevelandart.org
(216) 707-2261
Museum sets course for leadership succession

CLEVELAND (January 10, 2014) — The Cleveland Museum of Art has retained the executive recruiting firm Russell Reynolds Associates to assist in the search for a new director of the museum. Russell Reynolds Associates is a leading private firm in non-profit senior-level executive search and assessment. They have 42 offices across North and South America, Europe and Asia/Pacific and have served clients for over 40 years.

Russell Reynolds Associates, along with members of the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Board of Trustees director’s search committee, chaired by Museum Trustee Peter Raskind, are gathering input from several sources to aid in the search for the new director. They are meeting with museum staff, community leaders and trustees to define the director’s role to ensure the search committee’s selection of the best candidate to fit with the institution’s mission and culture.

“The directorship at the Cleveland Museum of Art is arguably one of the most highly sought positions available in the museum field today,” said Peter Raskind. “We believe the stellar comprehensive collection, community support and financial stability together with the recent celebration of the historic renovation and expansion project will attract the highest caliber pool of director candidates worldwide.”

The museum’s search committee consists of the following Museum Trustees: Peter Raskind (Chair), Frederick E. Bidwell, Sarah S. Cutler, Helen Forbes Fields, Agnes Gund, Nancy F. Keithley, R. Steven Kestner, Scott C. Mueller, Alfred M. Rankin, Jr., James A. Ratner and Deborah Gribbon, adviser to the committee.

On October 21, 2013, Frederick E. Bidwell was named by the board to the role of Interim Director until a new director is appointed. Bidwell assumed this role upon the resignation of ninth director, David Franklin.

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About the Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art is renowned for the quality and breadth of its collection, which includes almost 45,000 objects and spans 6,000 years of achievement in the arts. The museum is a significant international forum for exhibitions, scholarship, performing arts. One of the top comprehensive art museums in the nation and free of charge to all, the Cleveland Museum of Art is located in the dynamic University Circle neighborhood.

The Cleveland Museum of Art is supported by a broad range of individuals, foundations and businesses in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio. The museum is generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. Additional support comes from the Ohio Arts Council, which helps fund the museum with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. For three consecutive years, the museum has been awarded a top four-star rating by Charity Navigator, the nation’s most-utilized independent evaluator of charities and nonprofits. For more information about the museum, its holdings, programs and events, call 888-CMA-0033 or visit www.ClevelandArt.org.