by Andrew Crisp
Timothy Close, the former director of the Boise Art Museum, announced on Jan. 3 that he would be resigning his position as head of the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Wash. The Tacoma News-Tribune reports that Close felt it was time for "a leadership change" at the MoG.
Close was the director for BAM from 2000 to 2006, when he helped bring new exhibits that substantially grew the museum's following, including work from Dale Chihuly and William Morris. Melanie Fales, BAM's current director, took over after Close.
“Under Tim’s leadership, BAM made great strides in enhancing the quality of exhibitions, particularly of major exhibitions, as well as those we have curated and traveled," Bill Selvage, president of the BAM Board of Trustees, said of Close's departure in 2006.
While in Tacoma, Close was instrumental in moving the museum toward an all-glass focus, building up traveling exhibitions and recurring artists. His goal is to return to a more general museum, reports the News-Tribune.