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October 21, 2011

In the Arts: Innovative Indianapolis Museum Chief Moves to Dallas

Maxwell L. Anderson, who won acclaim for his technological innovations at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, has been named director of the Dallas Museum of Art, says the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Mr. Anderson's five-year tenure as CEO and director in Indianapolis saw that museum eliminate admission charges and more than double attendance while boosting its endowment. He also created ArtBabble, a dedicated arts video channel, and introduced transparency to the museum's "deaccessioning" process by launching an online catalog of its works for sale.

He will take the helm at the Dallas museum in January, replacing Bonnie Pitman, who retired in June.

In other arts news, after years of itinerant programming, the Seattle International Film Festival has a year-round home, public radio station KUOW says.

The nonprofit, 37-year-old organization raised nearly $3-million to renovate and occupy a building at the downtown Seattle Center cultural complex. The SIFF Film Center includes a 100-seat cinema and office, classroom, and archive facilities.