Bellevue Art Museum‘s Director of Art, Craft and Design, Stefano Catalani, will be departing to serve as Executive Director of Gage Academy of Art next month, according to a press release from BAM today. Catalani was the curatorial lead at Bellevue Arts Museum for eleven years and helped define its current vision, which has helped to expand the community reached by BAM’s programs and to break down perceived barriers between “art, craft and design.” Our interview with Catalani from 2015 expresses this vision in greater depth.
Executive Director of BAM, Linda Pawlson, says in the press release:
“We are excited for Stefano as he takes the next steps in his professional journey, and to continue to partner with him in his new role. We are also excited for what the future holds for BAM on the next stage of its journey. Stefano has helped set the stage for many future successes at the Museum. We thank Stefano for all his work to that end, and congratulate him on this exciting new role continuing to serve as a cultural leader in our region.”
Capitol Hill-based Gage Academy of Art is celebrating 25 years as a nationally recognized center for arts education, whose various ateliers offer classical training in drawing, painting and sculpture, as well as more contemporary practice. Stefani’s broad knowledge and appreciation for diverse practices make him a good fit for the institution.
According to the press release, “BAM is putting a transition plan in place and will be conducting a search for a new Director of Art, Craft and Design.” Best of luck to BAM and to Catalani during the change up!