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O’Keeffe Museum director stepping down

SANTA FE, N.M. — The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum director will leave at the end of this month.

According to a news release, Robert Kret, who had been director since 2009, will stay on as a consulting director after Jan. 31 to help with the transition. Cody Hartley, the museum’s senior director of collections and interpretation, will serve as acting director starting in February.

“When I arrived in Santa Fe in 2009, my plan was always to be at the O’Keeffe for eight to ten years,” Kret said in the release. “There is never a perfect time for this kind of change, but I think the time is right, professionally and personally. The Museum is in great shape and I want to turn my attention to pursing professional opportunities that will bring my wife and me closer to family.”

The museum’s board chair, Roxanne Decyk, said that under Kret’s leadership, the museum saw a record 200,000 visitors to museum sites last year, undertook three international O’Keeffe exhibition tours and established its art acquisition fund.

“He led the organization through a period of significant growth and development, and leaves the institution in a much better place than it was when he arrived,” she said.