Allentown Art Museum President Steps Down

Brooks Joyner, president and chief executive officer of the Allentown Art Museum, Pennsylvania, is leaving his post, effective February 28, reports John J. Moser of the Morning Call. Joyner came to the museum in May 2010 after retiring as director of the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, Nebraska, to oversee Allentown’s $15.5 million renovation, the museum’s first expansion in thirty-five years. Museum membership increased over 200 percent during his tenure, reflective of his planning of popular exhibitions, such as “Who Shot Rock and Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present” that drew crowds to the institution’s reopening. “The museum is just a wonderful treasure,” Joyner reflects, “not just the beautiful Renaissance paintings, but everything else about it: a sense of energy and kind of adventure. People feel that the museum has had a facelift, and it really has.”