STAGE TUBE: Meet William M. Griswold, New Director of the Cleveland Museum of Art
The Cleveland Museum of Art has named Dr. William M. Griswold new Director. Check out his video message below!
In May 2014, Dr. William M. Griswold became the 10th director of the Cleveland Museum of Art since its founding in 1916. Dr. Griswold enters the life of the museum at a dynamic moment - with a newly completed expansion project increasing its capacity and significance, and a centennial anniversary approaching. His ambition is to build the museum's strong relevance throughout the region, the nation and the world, capitalize on its long-standing community engagement legacy and enhance the quality and breadth of its well-known collection.
Dr. Griswold's tenure at the Cleveland Museum of Art follows his term as the fifth Director of The Morgan Library & Museum since the institution's founding in 1924. During his seven years of leadership there, Dr. Griswold spearheaded the growth of the Morgan's collections, exhibition program and curatorial departments, most recently adding Photography as a focus. He oversaw a number of important exhibitions and scholarly exchanges with leading international museums, including the Louvre, London's Courtauld Institute, Munich's Graphische Sammlung and Turin's Biblioteca Reale.
In 2010, Dr. Griswold initiated the first interior restoration of the Morgan's historic McKim building since its construction as Pierpont Morgan's private study and library more than a century ago. He also oversaw a project to digitize the Morgan's renowned collections, beginning with its holdings of drawings and music manuscripts, two of its most important. In 2011, he supervised the establishment of the innovative Morgan Drawing Institute to advance the study of drawings of all periods and schools. As a result of these initiatives, and many more, the Morgan over the last several years has seen some of the most robust donor support and attendance in its history.