CLEVELAND - The Cleveland Museum of Art's Director has resigned from his position.
David Franklin has resigned and the museum's board of trustees has appointed museum trustee Fred Bidwell the interim director until a new director is in place.
"Our museum is world class and I am excited and privileged to be working with the entire staff on a thrilling lineup of upcoming exhibitions and programming," said Bidwell. "All of the galleries will be open by year end, highlighted by our exciting Gallery One, which puts the museum at the forefront of innovation and visitor experience."
Franklin had been the director of the CMA since Sept. 2010 and will be retained as a consultant.
"I am proud of the accomplishments that our team has achieved during my tenure. We have raised more than $100 million, opened the unique and innovative Gallery One, and made notable acquisitions and achievements in publications, research and scholarship culminating in the creation of the Keithley Institute for Art History, in collaboration with Case Western Reserve University," wrote Franklin in a statement. "I thank every staff member, donor and the Board for helping make those accomplishments possible. The Museum is on very solid financial footing, with a bright future as one of the world's finest art collections."
The search for a new director will begin immediately. The board of trustees has appointed a search committee to select an executive search firm to consider candidates in the coming months.
"Fred's unique combination of business experience and passion for museums and collecting makes him a great choice to lead the museum during the search," said CMA board chair Steven Kestner. "The museum is one of the premier art museums in the world and we are confident that we will find a great leader to continue the momentum."