Akron, Ohio – Akron Art Museum (AAM) Director Mark Masuoka has resigned his position effective immediately and longtime Akron businessman and former AAM Board member Jon Fiume has been selected as Interim Director while a search begins for a permanent replacement.
The AAM will establish a multi-faceted search committee comprised of Board members, Museum staff, and community leaders with credentials in both the art world and the Akron region. An executive search firm will be selected by this committee to guide the process.
An important focus of the committee and the selected search firm will be finding an executive with world-class art knowledge, exceptional leadership skills, and business acumen plus the ability to create a positive culture that fosters a rewarding and respectful environment for both staff and patrons. We expect a deliberate process and are in the process of establishing an appropriate timetable.
“In accepting Mark’s resignation, the Board agreed it was time for a change in leadership that represents an opportunity to create a new direction for the Museum as we build a new organizational culture for the future,” said Dr. Drew Engles, AAM Board Chair.
Mr. Fiume is an active member of Akron’s civic and arts community. His current or former roles include Board Director and Vice Chairman, Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens; ArtsNow Board Trustee and Vice President; Reviewer of the Knight Foundation’s Arts Challenge Akron, and former Board Trustee of the Akron Art Museum from 2005-2015.
“The Akron Art Museum is a vital cultural resource and outlet for our community as well as a personal passion of mine. I am honored to work closely with the staff and Board and ensure a seamless transition to new leadership,” said Mr. Fiume.
“Jon’s reputation as an outstanding operational leader in the business community combined with his knowledge of and passion for the arts makes him a perfect choice to lead the Museum through this transition,” said Dr. Engles.