Heidi Zuckerman. Photo: Karl Wolfgang.

Aspen Art Museum Director Heidi Zuckerman to Step Down

Heidi Zuckerman, the CEO and director of the Aspen Art Museum in Colorado, will depart the institution when her contract ends on September 30 after a nearly fourteen-year tenure, Artnews reports. The announcement comes a month before the museum is set to hold its summer benefit, ArtCrush, and six weeks before its fortieth-anniversary celebration.

During her directorship, the institution switched to a free admissions policy and saw its visitor numbers more than triple—today it welcomes around 100,000 visitors annually. Zuckerman was also instrumental in raising more than $120 million for the museum’s move into its new downtown home, a 33,000-square-foot building that was designed by Pritzker Prize–winning architect Shigeru Ban, in 2014. The decision not to select a local architect for the project was criticized by some and led to a lawsuit with a developer that was ultimately settled.

Prior to joining the museum in 2005, Zuckerman served as contemporary art curator at the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and curator at the Jewish Museum in New York. In an interview with the Aspen Daily News in May, Zuckerman spoke about her accomplishments: “My goal was always to be a destination museum, instead of a museum in a destination. And we’ve achieved that.”

In a statement following her decision to step down, the museum’s board said: “Heidi is a visionary director who has turned this museum into a global leader in contemporary art, and we wish her the best in all her future plans.”