For Immediate Release
Contact:  Pattie Pardee

Museum CEO, George S. Bolge Completes Tenure

DELAND, FL – October 11, 2019 – George S. Bolge will complete his seven-year tenure as Chief Executive Officer of the Museum of Art – DeLand on October 31, 2019.  He will then join the Museum’s Board of Trustees, where he will continue to share the expertise he has gathered throughout a 40-year career in the arts. In 2011, he was awarded the Florida Art Museum Director’s Association Lifetime Achievement Award.  Before coming to DeLand, Bolge served 18 years as Executive Director of the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art and 16 years at the Boca Raton Museum of Art.  During his years at these notable institutions each museum constructed a major new facility.

Bolge has prepared the Museum of Art-Deland for similar growth through his successful efforts to enhance the Museum’s educational programming, exhibition schedule and permanent collection.  He is also credited with re-branding the institution, resulting in the Board’s decision to sell its building at 600 N. Woodland Boulevard and temporarily consolidate operations at its 100 N. Woodland Boulevard gallery.  Future plans include a new facility in the recently created Downtown Arts District, reinforcing DeLand’s identity as a cultural destination.

In recognition of his achievements and gifts to the permanent collection, President of the Board of Trustees Ian Williams has announced that an exhibition gallery at the Museum’s downtown location will be designated The George S. Bolge Family Gallery.  The gallery will be dedicated at the opening reception of the exhibition, Daniel E. Greene: Retrospective on October 18. “We believe this is a fitting tribute to George,” said Williams.  “Under his guidance, the Museum of Art-Deland has become one of Florida’s premier art museums and a leader in Volusia County’s cultural life.”

The Board of Trustees has named Pattie Pardee, the Museum’s Director of Development, to succeed Bolge as interim Executive Director in order to ensure continuity in the institution’s growth.

About the Museum of Art – DeLand

The Museum of Art – DeLand is a vital and interactive visual arts museum dedicated to the collection, preservation, display and educational use of the fine arts in Central Florida.  Established in 1951, the Museum is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and is comprised of a 23,000 square foot arts facility housing five galleries on two levels located at 600 N. Woodland Blvd. and the Downtown Galleries located at 100 N. Woodland Blvd in DeLand, Florida. Enriching the community through its permanent collection, art exhibitions and educational programs, the Museum is a source of cultural focus and is recognized statewide by its peers for academic excellence and community outreach.  The Museum is supported by its Guild, Krewe Nouveau, grants, admissions, generous patrons and donors, and Museum Store adjacent to its galleries in Downtown DeLand.  To learn more about the Museum, its programming exhibits and opportunities to engage with the Arts visit us at or Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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George S. Bolge, left
Pattie Pardee, right