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Cleveland Museum of Art Extends Director William Griswold’s Contract

The Cleveland Museum of Art’s board of trustees has approved a seven-year contract that will allow William M. Griswold, who became the ninth permanent director of the institution in May 2014, to continue serving as the museum’s director through December 31, 2024.

“Bill has done an incredible job and demonstrated exceptional leadership during a pivotal time in the museum’s history,” said board chair Peter E. Raskind. “He combines a lifelong dedication as an esteemed scholar and curator with a strong sense of commitment to the community we serve and a visionary mind for the future. He is uniquely qualified to continue to lead the museum and build further on the distinguished foundation we have established in the past three years.”

Under Griswold’s leadership, the museum successfully campaigned to raise funds for its historic renovation and expansion, and organized a yearlong centennial celebration in 2016 featuring a wide variety of community events and special exhibitions. These achievements led the board to propose an extension to the term of his original agreement with the museum, which would have expired in 2019.

Prior to joining the Cleveland Museum of Art, Griswold served as director of the Morgan Library and Museum in New York City for seven years. He also previously served as director and president of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts from 2005 to 2007; acting director and chief curator of the J. Paul Getty Museum from 2004 to 2005; and associate director for collections at the Getty, beginning in 2001.

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