Swope Art Museum

Terre Haute, IN




David Butler to Leave Swope Art Museum for Director Position at Edwin A. Ulrich Museum of Art


Marilyn Pendergast, president of the Swope Art Museum Board of Managers, announced on August 20, 2000, the resignation of museum director David Butler. He is leaving Terre Haute to become director of the Edwin A. Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas. He begins his new job November 1, 2000.

Under Dr. Butler's direction, the Swope Art Museum:

Ms. Pendergast stated that "we are sorry to lose David, whose vision and determination has completely transformed the Swope. We now have a clearly defined mission as an American art museum, a beautifully renovated facility to house our world-class collection, and a much higher profile locally and nationally. We understand, however, that the Wichita State position offers a tremendous opportunity for professional growth, and we wish him well." She also stressed that the current capital campaign, which has made ongoing museum renovations possible, will continue as scheduled through the fall.

Dr. Butler expressed his appreciation to all those who have supported the museum during his tenure and noted that "it has been a privilege and pleasure to be a part of this community. I think great things will continue to happen in Terre Haute, and I sincerely regret that I won't be here to see them happen." He is encouraged, he says, "by the accelerating redevelopment of the historic downtown area, and increasingly successful efforts to attract new businesses to the Wabash Valley. I am proud to have played a part in the revitalization of the Swope, one of this community's greatest assets."

The Swope Board of Managers and Board of Overseers will appoint a committee in the next few weeks to begin the search for a new director.

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