The Art Gallery of Ontario has names Stephan Jost as its new director and CEO.
Jost was previously the director of the Honolulu Museum of Art.
“Stephan is a warm and engaging leader who has built upon the successes of each institution he has led,” Maxine Granovsky Gluskin, the president of the AGO board of trustees and chair of the board search committee, said in a statement. “He is focused on artistic excellence, passionate about ensuring accessibility of art, committed to community engagement, and is deeply respected among his peers and colleagues. We believe he is the perfect fit for the AGO, and on behalf of our trustees, staff and volunteers, I offer him our heartfelt congratulations.”
Teitelbaum served for 17 years as director of the Toronto institution. He was the AGO’s chief curator from September 1993 to July 1998.
The Michigan-born Jost becomes the first non-Canadian in the position since 1998, when Teitelbaum took over as director from Maxwell Anderson. Glenn Lowry headed the gallery from 1990 to 1995 before becoming director of New York’s Museum of Modern Art.
In a statement, Jost said: “I am thrilled to be joining the AGO, which is one of North America’s pre-eminent art museums.
“The energy and diversity of Toronto is exciting, and the city is well-positioned to be a true global leader. An exciting journey lies ahead for the AGO; one that builds upon its remarkable art collection and Matthew Teitelbaum’s successful legacy that positioned the gallery as a leading, world-class institution. I feel strongly that artists should help guide not only a national, but international cultural conversation that will help us better know ourselves and our world.”
Read more on Jost in the Globe and Mail link below.