Sarah Glennie will be stepping down as director of the Irish Museum of Modern Art in order to lead the National College of Art and Design. She will begin her new directorship in January 2018. Glennie started at the IMMA in 2012. Under her purview, the museum hosted exhibitions by a broad range of artists, such as Etel Adnan, Stan Douglas, Karla Black, Nan Goldin, Hito Steyerl, Helio Oiticia, and Lucian Freud.
Heather Humphreys, the Irish minister of culture, said, “I want to wish Sarah Glennie every success in her new role and to thank her for her years of service. IMMA is in a very strong place as a result of her directorship, with significantly increased visitor numbers, greater opportunities for Irish artists, a strong International reputation . . . .While I am very sorry to see someone of Sarah’s caliber departing IMMA, she can go on to her new role secure in the knowledge that she is leaving the Irish Museum of Modern Art in a very positive place.”
“I have been honored to have led IMMA as Director since 2012 and I am extremely proud of the program and institutional change that has been achieved by the team at IMMA over that period, despite the challenging times faced by Irish cultural organizations. While I am very sad to be leaving IMMA I am excited by the great opportunity to contribute further to the development of creativity in Ireland as the director of such a significant institution as NCAD which is in a unique position to inspire and nurture creative talent in Ireland,” said Glennie. The search for a new director at the IMMA will begin in the coming weeks.