FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Beaverbrook Art Gallery Announces Departure of Director/CEO Terry Graff

Beaverbrook Art GalleryFebruary 24, 20170 Comments


Beaverbrook Art Gallery Announces Departure of Director/CEO Terry Graff

Fredericton, NB, February 24, 2017 -- The Beaverbrook Art Gallery announced today that Director/CEO Terry Graff will be stepping down from the helm of the six-decade old institution. Graff has decided not to request an extension of his contract, and has given notice to the Gallery to enable an orderly transition to his successor.

“Terry Graff has decided not to seek an extension of his term as Director. The board has, therefore, initiated a search process for a new Director,” says Allison D. McCain, Chair of the Board of Governors of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery.

“During Terry’s tenure, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery has had a number of wonderful exhibitions and enjoyed major international success touring Masterworks.  At the same time we have made some significant additions to our collection. We thank Terry for his service to the Gallery, and wish him well as he pursues his artistic career in a new direction.”

An accomplished visual artist, Graff has had an extensive career in Canada’s art institutions with over three decades of experience in a curatorial and directorial role at institutions across the country. After joining the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in 2008 as Deputy Director and Chief Curator, Graff added Chief Operating Officer to his title in 2012, and was appointed Director/CEO and Chief Curator in 2013.

Events in recent years, including the resolution of the disputes with the Beaverbrook Foundations in early 2014, have helped signal a new moment in the Gallery’s history, one of exciting growth, change, and enhanced community engagement. Under Graff’s leadership, the Gallery organized numerous exhibitions and scholarly publications that championed pride and confidence in the quality and diversity of New Brunswick’s visual culture, put a renewed focus on the growth and development of the permanent collection and public programs, completed extensive renovations to spaces, and broke ground on an expansion after a successful (and ongoing) capital fundraising campaign.

“I have had a long and storied career in the visual arts, but am by no means retiring from the field, as I still have plenty of fuel in the tank,” says Graff. “It is simply the perfect time for me to pursue another creative professional goal in my life. The Beaverbrook Art Gallery is one of Canada’s great cultural institutions with an extraordinary art collection and impressive history, and it has been a genuine honour and rewarding experience to serve as its Director/CEO and Chief Curator.”

“I am very proud of what I was able to accomplish during my tenure and will leave the Gallery with a strong foundation for continued success in the years ahead. Indeed, it is a most exciting time for the Gallery, one of significant expansion of exhibitions, programs, collections, building, and profile for which we can all be very proud. With Masterworks home, the capital campaign nearing its objective, and the pavilion expansion set for its grand opening this fall, the stars are aligned for me to follow my next passionate adventure, which involves returning to my art practice on a full-time basis. Meanwhile, I wish to thank the Board of Governors, staff, members, volunteers, artists, and the community for their support and friendship.”

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About the Beaverbrook Art Gallery

The Beaverbrook Art Gallery was founded by Lord Beaverbrook on September 16, 1959. The Gallery is internationally known for its collection of Atlantic Canadian, Canadian, British, and International works of art. The Beaverbrook Art Gallery “enriches life through art”. As the official art gallery of New Brunswick, and one of Canada’s leading art galleries and most important cultural treasures, its mission is to “bring art and community together in a dynamic cultural environment dedicated to the highest standards in acquisitions, exhibitions, programming, education and stewardship.”

The Beaverbrook Art Gallery enriches life through art.
La Galerie d'art Beaverbrook enrichit la vie par l'art.

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Jeremy Elder-Jubelin
Manager of Communications and Visitor Services
Beaverbrook Art Gallery
703 Queen Street, P.O. Box 605
Fredericton, NB  E3E 5A6
Phone: (506) 458-2039
Fax: (506) 458-2028

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