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Walker Art Center’s Deputy Director Steps Down

David Galligan, deputy director of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, has resigned. The longtime arts administrator’s last official day will be August 11, but he will stay on until September 8 to help the center with the transition. He will then take up consulting work in interim executive management, resource development, strategic planning, and nonprofit governance, among other things.

“David is talented and was a crucial partner to me during our major planning efforts with the new campus,” executive director Olga Viso told the Star Tribune. “I recruited him to help lead this major project which has been successfully completed. It is a great moment for him to make a change.”

Galligan previously served as treasurer and then COO of the center, from 1985 to 2002. During his tenure, he helped to persuade the Minneapolis City Council to pay for a $25 million underground parking garage, and to develop the Walker’s 2005 addition. He also spearheaded the center’s efforts to launch online education programs and was instrumental in balancing its budget. He returned to the center in 2013 to collaborate on plans for its new campus and the renovation of its sculpture garden. Galligan was present at the dismantling ceremony of Los Angeles–based artist Sam Durant’s Scaffold, following protests by the Dakota Nation in the days leading up to the sculpture garden’s opening in June.

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