Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art

Collector Pulls Works from Exhibition at Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art

In response to the mass resignation of staff at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, a collector has pulled their works from a current exhibition at the museum, the Denver Post reports. The show, “Walk the Distance and Slow Down,” which opened this month, included work by twenty-nine artists from the collection of JoAnn Gonzalez Hickey and was supposed to be on view through September 10.

BMoCA executive director David Dadone said of the debacle: “It is unfortunate that staff issues BMoCA has recently experienced have encouraged one collector with art currently on exhibition to withdraw that collection from our galleries.” There are no plans to take down other exhibitions at the museum though, according to Dadone.

Last March, in a letter that was delivered to the museum’s board, five staff members accused the executive director of being abusive, misapplying funds for educational programming, breaking labor laws, and unsuccessfully launching programs that were promised to donors. The board hired a lawyer, Gwyneth Whalen, a former Boulder County District Court judge, to look into the allegations. After a series of interviews conducted over several months, Whalen submitted a report on June 6 stating: “There is no basis to the allegations concerning labor law violations and mistreatment of staff.”

Works by Jason Karolak will replace the removed display at BMoCA, and the show is expected to open to the public this Thursday.