The Tacoma Art Museum in Washington announced today that David Setford has been appointed its new executive director. Setford will take up the post on March 5. He succeeds Mark Holcomb, who has served as interim director since January 2017, when Stephanie Stebich stepped down in order to join the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Setford joins the Tacoma Art Museum from the Spanish Colonial Arts Society and Museum of Spanish Colonial Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico. During his tenure as executive director there, he organized “Mirror, Mirror: Photographs of Frida Kahlo” (2017), which tripled attendance at the museum. Commenting on the show, Setford said that it “served as a catalyst for fantastic community engagement. I look forward to continuing with similar efforts at TAM.”
The museum is currently in the process of adding a new $14 million wing, funded by philanthropist Rebecca Benaroya. The more than 7,000-square-foot wing will house the Benaroya family’s holdings of 225 artworks. Designed by Seattle architect Tom Kundig, the addition is expected to open in 2019. Benaroya also established an endowment for the care of the collection and the appointment of a curator.