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Bellevue Arts Museum Appoints Benedict Heywood as Executive Director

The Bellevue Arts Museum in Washington has named Benedict Heywood as its next executive director. He will take up the post on September 18. Heywood is currently the project director at North American Indians and Edward S. Curtis. He founded the nonprofit art space the Soap Factory in Minneapolis, and relocated to the Seattle area two years ago to lead Pivot Art + Culture for collector and philanthropist Paul Allen.

The museum also recently promoted Eileen Herbert, currently the curator of learning and public programming, to the role of director of advancement. “These organizational changes will help the museum build upon our successes over the past year,” said outgoing executive director Karin Kidder. “The museum is an essential part of a growing and dynamic downtown Bellevue and the work it does has tremendous impact both locally and nationally. I am very proud to have been a part of it for over three years.”