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February 12, 2015

Longtime Head of Boston's Gardner Museum Stepping Down

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum director Anne Hawley announced Wednesday that she will depart at the end of the year after a quarter-century leading the venerable Boston institution, The Boston Globe reports. Ms. Hawley said she had been weighing an exit for two years as the Gardner neared the finish line of a $180-million capital campaign devoted largely to raising money for the museum's 2012 expansion.

"I told the board I'd stay until we finished the capital campaign, and it is done. ... I just feel like it's time to let a new person lead," said Ms. Hawley, 71, whose tenure at the Gardner began shortly before the notorious and still unsolved 1990 theft of more than a dozen masterpieces. Galvanized by the heist, she led efforts to overhaul the institution, re-installing several galleries, expanding programming, and overseeing the controversial, Renzo Piano-designed addition.