Timothy Close has resigned as executive director/CEO of Museum of Glass effective today. He was named the museum’s director in May 2006.
“This is a difficult decision for me,” he said, “but I feel the timing is right for a leadership change … (and) my professional interest is to return to a general art museum.”
During his tenure, Close oversaw the development of a clear and concise mission for the museum of “All Glass, All the Time.” MOG also received accreditation from the American Association of Museums and establishing a permanent collection of 20th- and 21st-century art, comprised of 156 works including the major commission projects of Preston Singletary’s Clan House and Martin Blank’s Fluent Steps. Other works include important pieces by Dale Chihuly, William Morris, Toots Zynsky, Tom Patti, Harvey Littleton and Lino Tagliapietra, as well as works made in the Museum’s Hot Shop that comprise the Visiting Artists Collection.
Close also was responsible for establishing the Leonard and Norma Klorfine Gallery; a national traveling exhibitions hosted by the Smithsonian Institution, Palm Springs Art Museum, Heard Museum, Anchorage Museum and the Chrysler Museum; and the museum’s Mobile Hot Shop program.
The museum’s Board of Trustees has named Deputy Director Susan Warner as interim director.