Timothy Close, who was named director of Tacoma’s Museum of Glass in 2006, has resigned.
Reading the carefully worded press release that arrived today, it’s hard to tell if there was any drama involved. But judging by the first-of-the-year timing, it’s probably something that’s been in the works for a while.
Here’s Close’s statement:
“This is a difficult decision for me, but I feel the timing is right for a leadership change at the Museum of Glass,” said Close. “It has been an honor to serve as the director of MOG. I truly love living in the Pacific Northwest and I have enjoyed working with so many talented artists and generous collectors. […] I will miss everyone a great deal. However, my professional interest is to return to a general art museum.”
For its part, the museum lauds Close’s many accomplishments, including “Developing a clear and concise mission for the Museum of All Glass, All the Time.”
I’m curious to know what readers think of that mission and the MOG as a whole. Have you been/seen/enjoyed? What are the institution’s strengths and weaknesses? Leave a comment if you have an opinion.
Also from the release: “In response to Close’s resignation, the Board of Trustees has named Deputy Director Susan Warner as Interim Director.”
Photo: Museum of Glass, by Erika Schultz/Seattle Times.