Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Director Stepping Down After 25 Years


The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum will be welcoming a new director at the end of 2015. Anne Hawley, who has been the Museum’s director for 25 years, announced on February 18th that she will be stepping down at the end of the year.


Ms. Hawley became the Museum’s fourth director in September 1989 and under her leadership, the Museum has flourished. She mounted scholarly exhibitions, created an artists-in-residence program, led the effort to build the Museum’s new wing and established new programs in music, landscape and education. Ms. Hawley also focused on conservation and restoration efforts to preserve the Museum’s collections. Members of the Museum’s board credited Ms. Hawley for her ability to bring the Museum into the twenty-first century.


“Anne is the rare talent with the skill and vision it took to lead the Gardner Museum into the future while honoring Mrs. Gardner’s legacy. By attracting a world-class curatorial team and establishing a strong and expanded board of trustees, Anne has breathed new life into the Gardner Museum and positioned us well for the next century,” said Steve Kidder, president of the Museum’s board of trustees.


In addition to her work at the Museum, Anne Hawley is a valued Member of the Board of The New England Council.  “The New England Council has been very fortunate to have Anne serve on our Board of Directors for the past several years.  Given her unique background, she has brought a different perspective to the board on a variety of issues and the Council has benefitted from her leadership and engagement,” said Jim Brett, president and CEO of the New England Council.


The New England Council congratulates Ms. Anne Hawley on the incredible work she has done at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and wishes her and the Museum success in all their future endeavors.


Please read more in the Museum’s press release.


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