The American Folk Art Museum has announced that executive director Anne-Imelda Radice will resign in 2018, after leading the institution for more than five years. During her tenure, she successfully fundraised more than $15 million, expanded the board of trustees, hired the first curator of self-taught art and art brut, and spearheaded the digitization of the museum’s collection of eight thousand works.
According to the New York Times, Radice is credited with saving the institution from closure by securing its finances. When she first joined the museum in 2012, it had defaulted on the bond for its landmark building, located on West Fifty-Third Street. It ultimately decided to sell the structure to the Museum of Modern Art and moved its operations to 2 Lincoln Square.
Prior to joining the American Folk Art Museum, Radice served as director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, held leadership positions at the National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities, and was the chief of staff to the secretary of the US Department of Education, and the chief of the Creative Arts Division of the United States Information Agency. She also served as the first director of the National Museum of Women in the Arts.
In December 2008, President George W. Bush awarded Radice the Presidential Citizens Medal, the second-highest honor that can be conferred on a civilian, in recognition of her exemplary service to the nation.