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After four years with the Spanish Colonial Arts Society, executive director David Setford will be leaving at the end of February.
Setford will take on the position of executive director for Washington’s Tacoma Art Museum. He joined the society, which operates the Museum of Spanish Colonial Arts, and organizes the popular Spanish Market each summer in Santa Fe and the Winter Market in Albuquerque, after years as a director and curator for art museums and organizations like the Naples Museum of Art, the Hyde Collection in New York and Wiener Museum of Decorative Arts near Miami.
Setford called the opportunity to go to Tacoma a chance to be a part of an expanding museum within a larger community.
“There are lots of engaged collectors and shareholders and stakeholders who have big dreams for this institution,” he told the Journal. “It’s just an amazing opportunity to build something on the national scale that will make a mark, and I’m very excited by that.” He starts in Washington on March 5.
Reflecting on his time in Santa Fe, Setford mentioned he’s particularly proud of offering exhibits that were able to “excite and engage” a broader community base, like 2017’s “Mirror Mirror: Photographs of Frida Kahlo,” which he said attracted triple the estimated visitors and money. Most notably, he said the museum has made great strides in fundraising and donor relations. For example, he said the society had put out an appeal for $12,000 at the eâ„¢â„¢nd of 2014 and at the time was wondering if it would make that goal. Its most recent appeal, however, was to raise $320,000.
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