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The Cleveland Museum of Art has retained the executive recruiting firm Russell Reynolds Associates to assist in the search for a new director of the museum. Russell Reynolds Associates is a leading private firm in non-profit senior-level executive search and assessment. They have 42 offices across North and South America, Europe and Asia/Pacific and have served clients for over 40 years.

CLEVELAND (December 17, 2013) – The Cleveland Museum of Art announced today that 501,314 visitors came to the museum during the 2012-2013 fiscal year. This attendance statistic represents a 39% increase year-over-year and is the highest attendance in over a decade. Key drivers of attendance included the opening of the museum’s 39,000 square foot atrium; the award-winning Gallery One; the new north wing galleries along with many new programming initiatives, including the MIX at CMA first Friday happy hour series and Second Sundays family day programming.

As part of the ongoing review of its collections, the Cleveland Museum of Art has identified two objects in its collection for deaccession through public auction: Rufino Tamayo’s Women Reaching for the Moon and La Rosa by Matta. In keeping with the museum’s policy and the accepted guidelines established by the AAMD, all proceeds from the sale of this artwork will be used for future art acquisitions.

The Board of Trustees of the Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) announced today that David Franklin has resigned his position as Director, effective immediately. Dr. Franklin had been the Director of the CMA since September, 2010 and will be retained as a consultant for a period of time in order to insure an orderly transition.

CLEVELAND (September 18, 2013) – Staff Art Show 2013, the third annual exhibition that highlights works of art created by Cleveland Museum of Art staff members, is now on view in Susan M. Kaesgen Education Gallery and Lobby through December 1, 2013. Curated by David Franklin, the Sarah S. and Alexander M. Cutler Director of the Cleveland Museum of Art, the exhibition features 50 artists that represent 14 departments and comprises of versatile media including painting, photography, drawing and sculpture.

After an eight-year hiatus, the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Pre-Columbian, Native North American, Japanese, Korean and textile collections will return to public view on Sunday, June 30. The works will be showcased in the museum’s new north wing galleries, located on the second floor adjacent to the new, soaring glass atrium. Designed by architect Rafael Viñoly, the north wing is flanked on either side by the new east wing, which includes the contemporary, modern and impressionist collections, and the west wing, opening in December 2013.

The Cleveland Museum of Art has been awarded a $500,000 challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, which will be used to endow the museum’s interpretation program. The program provides visitors a range of humanities-based interpretive tools to access and understand the works of art on view in the permanent collection and special exhibition galleries. The grant serves as an important catalyst for the establishment of the interpretation endowment and the funds will be matched 3:1 with the additional $1.5 million raised from other sources.

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