Director leaving Walters

September 01, 1992|By Linell Smith | Linell Smith,Staff Writer

Walters Art Gallery director Robert T. Bergman will become the next director of the Cleveland Museum of Art, according to Michael Sherwin, president of the Cleveland Museum's board of trustees. Mr. Bergman will succeed retiring director Evan Hopkins Turner on July 1, 1993.

The 47-year-old art scholar and administrator has been director of the Walter Arts Gallery since 1981.

During his tenure at the museum, Mr. Bergman supervised both the $6 million renovation of the Walters' original, 1904 building and the acquisition and $7.5 million conversion of Hackerman House into the Walters' museum of Asian art. Major exhibitions developed and co-organized during his time include "Silver Treasure from Early Byzantium" in 1986; and "Time Sanctified: The Book of Hours" in 1988.

The Cleveland Museum of Art, opened in 1916, is considered to be one of the greatest general art museums in the country. It is also known for its large endowment.

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