Introducing William M. Griswold, Incoming Director of the Cleveland Museum of Art

Meet Bill Griswold, the Cleveland Museum of Art's tenth director.


On behalf of the Cleveland Museum of Art, it is my great honor to share with you that today, the Board of Trustees have voted unanimously to name Dr. William M. Griswold, a distinguished scholar, renowned curator and experienced museum leader, its next director. Griswold’s confirmation comes at a unique time in the life of this institution, which recently completed a historic and comprehensive $350 million expansion project on time and under budget. As it approaches its 2016 centennial anniversary, the Cleveland Museum of Art is increasingly known for the quality and breadth of its collection and its historic role as a leading American museum. 

Bill Griswold brings to the position a depth of experience gained in America’s leading museums, including the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as well as an expertise in Italian drawings from the Renaissance and the 18th century. He is currently the director of the Morgan Library & Museum in New York City, will assume his duties in Cleveland as the museum’s 10th director in early fall, 2014.  

Bill will start full time at the Museum sometime in early Fall. In the meantime I will continue as interim Director and will begin to bring him up to speed on the operations and plans on the museum.

It has been a privilege and a pleasure to broaden my service to the Cleveland Museum of Art. The museum has moved ahead beautifully during this time of transition, thanks to its fantastic staff, board, donors and members.  I’m looking forward to working with Bill as a board member, having gained great new insight into the operations of the museum and the priorities of the people it serves.

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Griswold to the Cleveland Museum of Art throughout the coming months. Leave a comment below, or share your well wishes on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with the hashtag #WelcometoCMA. 


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