Jenny Gibbs will be stepping down from her post as head of the Elmhurst Art Museum in Illinois at the end of the summer to become director of the Sotheby’s Institute of Art’s graduate program in New York. Gibbs will maintain a position at EAM as consulting director of exhibitions and programs, and the EAM board of directors will announce a new executive director later this summer. She became the museum’s fourth executive director in 2014, during which time museum attendance doubled and donations increased 30 percent, as Gibbs secured several major gifts and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Graham Foundation, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Among the exhibitions Gibbs organized are “David Wallace Haskins: Presence” (2016), “Playboy Architecture: 1953 to 1979” (2016), “Blow Up: Inflatable Contemporary Art” (2016), “Kings & Queens: Pinball, Imagists and Chicago, Sense of Place” (2017), and the current exhibition “The Human Touch: Selections from the RBC Wealth Management Collection.” Gibbs also led the ongoing restoration of Mies van der Rohe’s McCormick House, 1952, which is part of the institution’s collection, and expanded the museum’s exhibition space and public programs. In her new role as consulting director of exhibitions at EAM, she will continue to oversee the restoration of the McCormick House as well as such upcoming exhibitions as “Mies in Chicago,” curated by Barry Bergdoll, and a solo show of new work by Chicago artist Hebru Brantley, opening in fall 2017.