Announcing: San Francisco Museums’ Director

It’s another Hedgehog Highlight: An exciting event at the de Young Museum, in Golden Gate Park, today. Diane B. Wilsey, President of the Board of Trustees of the Fine Arts Museums, SF, announced that Dr. Colin Bailey will be the new Director of the FAMSF which includes the Palace of the Legion of Honor Museum, in Lincoln Park, and the de Young. Dr. Bailey is currently Deputy Director & Chief Curator of The Frick Collection, New York City. Mrs. Wilsey stressed that the Board sought someone who was an outstanding leader for the museums and a respected scholar. His specialty is 18th and 19th century French art. The announcement was welcomed by San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, who also addressed the museum staff, press, and enough camera and tech crews for a space shuttle launch. An Englishman, Dr. Bailey earned his doctorate in art history at Oxford University. Mrs. Wilsey promised that Dr. Bailey would work closely with the community and be “fun.” The late John Buchanan, the well loved previous director was approachable and fun, she noted, and his successor will carry on that tradition.