Longtime Michener museum chief to retire

Posted: September 20, 2011

Bruce Katsiff, who has overseen the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown for 22 years, will retire next year, a museum spokeswoman said Monday.

During Katsiff's tenure as director and chief operating officer, the museum's collection has grown from 115 works to more than 2,500, and attendance has increased from 11,500 visitors a year to 120,000. The museum, housed in the former Bucks County Prison, has expanded from 11,000 square feet to more than 63,000, and the $5 million Edgar N. Putnam Event Pavilion is scheduled to open in May 2012.

The final exhibit under Katsiff, 65, will be "Offerings of the Angels: Treasures From the Uffizi Gallery," a touring exhibition of Old Master paintings and tapestries from Florence, Italy, scheduled to open on April 21, 2012. - Bill Reed

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