Neil Watson Steps Down as Katonah Museum of Art Director

Watson's departure takes effect this month.

Neil Watson is stepping down from his executive director post at the Katonah Museum of Art after more than seven and a half years of leading the institution, according to a statement released by the board of trustees.

During his tenure, Neil served as a strong advocate and raised the profile of the Museum in the art community, overseeing critically acclaimed exhibitions and stewarding the expansion of the KMA's award-winning educational outreach and innovative family programs.

"We are grateful for his commitment and appreciate his significant contributions to the creative spirit of the KMA," said Rochelle C. Rosenberg, president of the Board of Trustees.

The board did not give a reason for his departure but said the search for a successor will begin immediately.


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Joe November 21, 2012 at 02:48 PM
This is a terrible loss for our community and for our museum. Neil has changed the profile of this unique institution into a thriving hub of cultural activity that draws people from surrounding communities and is a noted aspect of the Katonah experience. Neil will be missed - what a loss.
Cynthia Braun November 21, 2012 at 08:35 PM
This is terrible news. Not only has Neil been an amazing leader in programming for the museum, he is also beloved in our community. He has a gift for bringing art into our lives in a way that is real and true. He is authentic. He is not owned by weathly individual interests. His energy, charisma and creativity have elevated the KMA to more than just a museum but a force for good in the world. Shame on the KMA Board of Trustees for letting him go.
Celeste Potash November 22, 2012 at 01:14 AM
Neil Watson and the staff at the museum have created a jewel in Katonah. Neil's dedication, creative energy, and vision have transformed the museum over the years into a place both adults and children love. Under Neil the museum became a place where art created and sustained a dialogue. I agree with Cynthia and Joe. This is a huge loss and a shame. How could the board let this happen?
Alexandra Williams November 22, 2012 at 01:28 PM
A real loss. Under Neil the Museum transformed, became something so much more than just a museum in Katonah.
Terri Ochs December 05, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Neil Watson = a true mensch. A man with the utmost integrity.


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