After seven years in the job, Aaron Betsky has announced his resignation from the directorship of the Cincinnati Art Museum. He will step down when a successor is named.
“The museum now has the programming and staff in place, and the financial stability that will allow me to openly pursue my next position,” Betsky said in a press release. “I feel that I have accomplished the goals that I and the board had envisioned when I first arrived and would like to explore opportunities that may include or combine my academic interests and institutional experience.”
Betsky oversaw a five-year, $13-million renovation of and addition to the museum’s facility, completed in spring 2013. The new Longworth Wing serves as library and office space, allowing the museum to free up 20,000 square feet of exhibition and programming space in the museum building. Another phase of the expansion, tagged at $5.7 million, is 80 percent funded, according to the museum, and will add more than 16,000 square feet of exhibition and programming space. It is expected to be finished this year.
Among the acquisitions made during Betsky’s tenure are works by Augustus Saint Gaudens, Georgia O’Keeffe, Robert Rauschenberg and Tom Wesselmann, along with Chinese and African artworks.
Founded in 1881, the Cincinnati Art Museum has an encyclopedic collection of over 60,000 works of art, spanning 6,000 years.