The Katonah Museum of Art has announced that Michael Gitlitz has stepped down as its Executive Director and that Margaret Adasko, KMA Curator of Education, and Nancy Hitchcock, KMA Registrar and Facilities Manager, have been appointed co-interim Executive Directors.
During his tenure, Michael spearheaded the KMA’s navigation of the pandemic and its transition to a robust schedule of digital educational programs, virtual tours, and Zoom events. The Museum organized important exhibitions that received critical acclaim, including Sparkling Amazons: Abstract Expressionist Women of the 9th St. Show and Bisa Butler: Portraits. Michael was also instrumental in the KMA’s reaccreditation by the American Alliance of Museums.
“Working in collaboration with the Museum’s terrific staff and board, we have been able achieve many important goals that have strengthened the institution and advanced the vital role it plays in Northern Westchester,” stated Gitlitz. “It’s now time for me to move on to new challenges and opportunities in my career.”
“On behalf of the board and staff of the KMA, and the audiences we serve, I’d like to thank Michael for the great contributions he has made to the Museum and the communities we serve,” stated Vida Foubister, President of the Board of Trustees. “Please join me in wishing him well in his future endeavors.”
The Board of Directors is forming a committee to conduct a search for the Museum’s next Executive Director.