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Joseph Rosa Named New Director and CEO of Frye Art Museum

Seattle’s Frye Art Museum has announced that Joseph Rosa, director of the University of Michigan Museum of Art in Ann Arbor, was appointed the institution’s new director and chief executive officer. “We found Joe to be a curatorially experienced, managerially gifted art historian and museum director,” Mike Doherty, trustee and chair of the search committee said. “He has a strong reputation for building and sustaining relationships. We are confident that Joe will build on what has already been accomplished and, drawing on our new strategic plan, take the Frye to even greater heights.”

During his six-year tenure at the University of Michigan Museum of Art, Rosa expanded the institution’s curatorial vision, increased community outreach initiatives, and created a $40 million capital campaign. Previously, he worked as a curator at the Art Institute of Chicago, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, and the National Building Museum in Washington, DC. Rosa has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Graham Foundation and has served as a juror for the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pew Fellowship in the Arts, and the James Beard Foundation Awards. He is the author of seventeen books and a contributor to numerous publications.

“Thanks to the work of Jo-Anne Birnie Danzker and her team, the Frye is a beloved museum in the community,” Rosa said. “My family and I are very much looking forward to becoming part of the Seattle community.”