After 26 years as director, with one of the longest tenures of any art museum leader in the country, Dr. Mitchell D. Kahan announced to the museum’s Board of Trustees that he will leave January 2, 2013 and assume the title of Director Emeritus. When Kahan became director in 1986 the museum had a space of 25,000 square feet and no funding for art purchases. During his tenure the museum has expanded to 83,000 square feet. He raised nearly five million dollars in endowment funds for the permanent collection to be enjoyed by future generations. As a result of his numerous significant contributions and accomplishments, he has received many prestigious awards including those from the Ohio Museums Association, Cleveland Arts Prize and Case Western Reserve University’s Mandel Center for Nonprofit Management.
On November 11 as we prepare to bid farewell to the man who has guided the museum for over one quarter of its existence, you are invited to enjoy free admission to the museum. He will be greeting guests in the lobby from 1 - 3 pm, so stop by to share your memories with the man who contributed an outstanding record of achievement to the museum’s 90 year history.