/ Modified sep 8, 2015 4:02 p.m.

Tucson Museum of Art's CEO to Retire after Decade on Job

Robert Knight credited with building museum's endowment and national reputation.



The head of the Tucson Museum of Art announced his retirement Tuesday after 10 years in the position and a legacy of building the museum's profile.

Robert Knight, whose title is chief executive officer, said in a press release that he will serve until the board finds a replacement.

Knight came to Tucson to run the downtown museum in 2005. Since then, he doubled the size of the museum's endowment, opened a Latin American art gallery and drew several acclaimed art exhibits to the museum, including those of Andy Warhol and a pictorial biography of the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo.

The press release said that Knight's leadership brought to the museum last season’s exhibit, "The Figure Examined: Masterworks from the Kasser Mochary Art Foundation." It set an attendance record, triple the previous record, the press release said..

"Truly this is a team sport here," Knight said. "There are so many people involved that make this happen that it's hard to take credit when you know you're not the only person that's been working on it."

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