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From left: Maxwell Anderson; Catherine Cuellar, then the executive director of tje Dallas Arts District; and Michael Eissenhauer, director general of National Museums of Berlin, at the New Cities Summit 2014 at the Winspear Opera House on June 17, 2014. (Kye Lee/Staff photographer)[Editor’s note: This item has been updated since it was initially posted.]


Maxwell Anderson is leaving the Dallas Museum of Art, where he has served as director since the beginning 2012. The museum announced his departure in a press release sent at 11:31 Monday morning, confirming that he’s departing to work as director of grant programs at the New Cities Foundation in New York City.

“After nearly four years at the Dallas Museum of Art, I have decided to accept a compelling new opportunity at the New Cities Foundation, among the most innovative urban-focused enterprises in the world, ” Anderson in a prepared statement. “It has been a great privilege to work alongside the Board and staff of the DMA, and to play a role in helping shape the Dallas Arts District Foundation as its chairman since 2013. My growing interest in how cultural districts can shape cities led me to this new, exciting opportunity in New York City.”

The museum say it’s forming a search committee, led by members of the board of trustees, to find a new director. Until then, Elcock, president of the museum’s board of trustees, will serve as interim director. Anderson, says the museum, will “continue to provide consulting services to the Museum during the transition.”

“Max is a visionary and an innovator, and we are proud of what the staff and board have accomplished under his leadership, ” said a statement from Melissa Fetter, chair of the museum’s board of trustees. “From increasing and diversifying attendance — rising to over 700, 000 annually — to devising and launching DMA Friends, our innovative loyalty program, to securing the 15-year loan of the Keir Collection of Islamic Art, to raising over $40 million for the Museum’s endowment and special projects, Max leaves the DMA with an impressive legacy on which we will continue to build. He will be greatly missed.”

Before there was an official announcement from the Dallas Museum of Art, the Paris, France-based New Cities Foundation posted an item on its website this morning announcing Anderson’s new position. Anderson joined the New Cities board of trustees one year ago, and was involved in bringing the New Cities Summit to Dallas last year.

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