Price Tower Arts Center Names New Director

Timothy Boruff.jpgThe Frank Lloyd Wright-related news continues today on UnBeige, thanks to a combination of great reader responses to our previous post and well-timed developments. First, the Price Tower Arts Center (housed in the Wright-designed skyscraper that we raved about on Monday) in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, yesterday named Timothy L. Boruff as its new executive director. He will take office in May, replacing Laura Riley, who has served as interim director since the fall 2006 departure of Richard Townsend, now the deputy director of external affairs for the Miami Art Museum.

Hadid price tower.jpgBoruff previously served as deputy director for administration, finance, and planning at Indianapolis Museum of Art, where he played a major role in the preparation for the museum’s expansion and worked closely with architects, engineers, contractors, and museum staff. And that experience will certainly come in handy as the Price Tower gears up to fund and build the proposed $20 million, 50,000-square-foot building addition designed by Zaha Hadid (shown in the above rendering). To unify the chopped-up downtown that surrounds the Price Tower, Hadid has designed a geometric pattern that bends around it, connecting the Tower to an existing library and performing arts center as well as to a new museum building that develops out of what Hadid refers to a “dynamic new urban fabric.” Dynamic, new, and urban? That sounds like some mighty expensive fabric. Good thing Boruff is a certified public accountant.