Wolterstorff to Move on from Bennington Museum Position
Bennington Museum executive director Robert Wolterstorff has announced will be leaving his seven-year position there on June 1. Board chair Edie Sawitsky said, “We are incredibly grateful for Robert’s leadership during a transformative period in the museum’s history. He established Bennington Modernism as a central part of the Museum’s mission and oversaw the creation of important new galleries. But the most important thing under his leadership was the edgy exhibition program; the Alice Neel show in 2014 and Milton Avery in 2016 brought national attention to the Museum. That led to more visitors, new energy, increased support and fiscal stability. We are really sorry to lose him, but we understand it’s a chance to move up, and wish him all the best!”
“It’s very hard to leave Bennington right now, because I see such incredible potential just ahead for the town and the Museum,” said Wolterstorff, who has taken a position as executive director with the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Conn.
“The Putnam Project is breaking ground and is going to transform the heart of Bennington. Anchoring the western end of Main Street, the Museum is poised for some really exciting changes too. Opportunities come when you least expect. The only thing that could have drawn me away right now is the unique opportunity the Bruce Museum put before me to be part of creating a new museum.”
The Bennington Museum Board of Trustees has established a search committee, and expects to appoint an acting director in May, when they will begin a nationwide search for the next permanent executive director.