High Museum Director Announces Retirement

After a 15-year run, High Museum of Art director Michael E. Shapiro has announced plans to retire next summer. During his tenure at the Atlanta institution, Shapiro has overseen the museum’s Renzo Piano-designed expansion, the doubling of its permanent collection, and nearly $230 million in fundraising. The High’s board of directors has announced plans to form a search committee to find the museum’s next head.

“It has been a privilege to be at the helm of the High for the past 15 years, and to help shape the vision and future of Atlanta’s art museum,” Shapiro said in a statement. “From leading the expansion and transformation of our campus in 2005 to developing groundbreaking collaborations, such as ‘Louvre Atlanta,’ the High has been transformed from a regional powerhouse into a nationally and internationally recognized institution.  I am exceptionally grateful to be part of a team of such smart, committed individuals whose hard work and scholarship have contributed to the High’s success.”

— Ashton Cooper (ashton_cooper)

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