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Rubin Museum Executive Director Patrick Sears to Step Down

Patrick Sears, executive director of the Rubin Museum of Art, announced today that he will retire from his position at the end of the year or when a replacement is found. Prior to serving as executive director for five years, Sears was the Rubin’s chief operating officer for six years.

“I was given the opportunity to join the Rubin while it was still in development. Since we opened in 2004, it’s not only West 17th Street that has been transformed, but the cultural landscape of the city, as well as the expectations of visitors,” Sears said. “I’m fortunate to have had a hand in shaping the Rubin Museum experience for our almost two million visitors to date.”

Board president Bob Baylis said, “Patrick’s leadership, commitment, and vision have unlocked the potential for the Rubin Museum’s growth, and he will leave behind both tremendous groundwork and a legacy for the next director to build upon. . .From the annual Dream-Over, where visitors sleep and dream under works of art, to exhibitions with provocative titles like ‘Remember that You Will Die,’ Patrick has led a team that has not shied away from taking risks for the museum, and visitors in turn have reaped the rewards.”

During Sears’s tenure, the Rubin increased its annual visitorship, secured a financial underpinning of $130 million, and added numerous works to its collection. The museum also published more than a dozen books advancing Himalayan art scholarship worldwide.