Douglas Druick Takes Over as New Head of the Art Institute of Chicago

You might recall that, in the middle of May, longtime head of the Art Institute of Chicago, James Cuno, landed an even more high-profile job, heading west to take over as president and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust. He made the move and officially started in the new position as of the first of this month, and in the interim, the Art Institute was on the hunt for his replacement. They’ve finally made their pick and announced that Douglas Druick, an employee at the museum for over a quarter of a century and chair of two its curatorial departments ( Medieval to Modern European Painting and Sculpture and Prints and Drawings), will take over in the lead role immediately (pdf). Here’s his statement about the new top gig:

“It is an honor to be selected as the Art Institute’s next director,” said Druick. “It is especially meaningful to me as it has been my professional home for more than 25 years. I am excited and eager to immerse myself in this role and become even more deeply involved with the museum and its work. I have served this institution for more than two decades because I have the greatest respect for it and believe it to be one of the finest museums in the world. To now be asked to lead the Art Institute is a great privilege.”