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Mr. George S. Bolge

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Chief Executive Officer

Museum of Art
One East Las Olas Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale , Florida 33301
United States

Company Description: The Junior League established the Fort Lauderdale Art Center, the forerunner to the Museum of Art, in 1958 in a small storefront space at 625 East Las Olas...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • Masters degree , Greek and Roman Archaeology
    Institute of Fine Arts
  • BS
    Institute of Fine Arts
  • BA undergraduate degrees
    Rutgers University
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Contact Us | Museum of Art – DeLand, Florida, 19 Feb 2015 [cached]
George Bolge, Chief Executive Officer
George Bolge holds a Master of Arts degree from the Institute of Fine Arts of New York University with a Ma­jor in Greek and Roman Archeology and a Minor in Museum Studies and Conservation. Bolge is also a Fellow of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, holds an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Nova University and is the recipient of the Butler Institute of American Art Medal for distinguished contributions to American Visual Arts.
A decorated Vietnam Veteran, Bolge has been a leader in the Florida Art Community for more than three decades and served as the Executive Director for the Ft. Lauderdale Museum of Art for 18 years and numerous other leadership positions in the arts.
While Executive Director of the Ft. Lauderdale Museum of Art, he expanded the collection, achieved American Association of Museum accreditation, and led a funding drive for the construction of a new museum facility designed by Edward Larrabee Barnes. As Executive Director of the Boca Raton Museum of Art, Mr. Bolge developed innovative outreach programs, upgraded the Museum's exhibition schedule, grew the permanent collection and achieved accreditation for the Museum by the American Association of Museums. In 1999, with his Board's commitment, Bolge raised the funds to construct a 44,000-square-foot museum facility in Mizner Park located in downtown Boca Raton.
He has brought many important exhibitions to the state of Florida, including retrospective exhibitions of the work of Ansel Adams and Norman Rockwell, the graphic work of Renoir, and major exhibitions of the works of Edward Hopper, Alice Neel and Andrew Wyeth. Bolge recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Florida Art Museum Director's Association.
George Bolge Chief Executive Officer 386.734.4371 ext. 111
News & Commentary | Page 6, 2 Dec 2011 [cached]
George Bolge.
George Bolge, who recently retired as executive director of the Boca Raton Museum of Art, has been named chief executive officer of the Museum of Florida Art in DeLand.
Bolge served as director of the Boca museum for 16 years, and was critical in winning funding for the museum's new Mizner Park home, which opened in 2001. Before coming to Boca, Bolge was director for 18 years of the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, where he also led the effort for a new building to house the museum's collections.
The Museum of Florida Art was founded 60 years ago as the DeLand Children's Museum before the focus was switched to visual art. The DeLand Museum of Art became the Museum of Florida Art in 2006 to better acknowledge the fact that the organization had been working to promote Florida artists and their works since the 1990s.
Bolge holds a master's degree from New York University's Institute of Fine Arts, where he majored in Greek and Roman archaeology and minored in museum studies. He is a Vietnam War veteran and a fellow of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
He begins his new job in DeLand in November, museum officials said.
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At work in his office at ... [cached]
At work in his office at the Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, director George Bolge reflects an image of contrasts.
Then, without dropping the ash, Bolge the administrator and businessman checks a list of phone calls to return and sorts a bundle of memos. Some relate to future exhibitions, others to departmental brush fires.
Sunshine streams through one of the few windows in the $7.5 million building, setting Bolge`s shock of curly black hair in sharp relief against the gleaming surroundings.
It`s just another day of contrasts -- the mixing of art and business -- for director Bolge, who is in the second year of his two-year contract. He puts aside the pile of messages to snatch up a moody, dark lithograph from behind the desk.
Despite a projected deficit for 1987 reported in excess of $250,000, controversy among board members, and an art community grumbling about exhibitions, Bolge remains optimistic, controlled, almost blase.
Things, he says, are not as black as many perceive them to be.
Bolge, in fact, considers the first year of operations -- which began a year ago today -- at the new facility a success. Never mind deficits and opinion polls.
Deep down Bolge`s principal concern always has been the politics of art.
``More than 12 months ago we were just a shell and to go where we are now seemed an impossible task,`` Bolge says, ``. . . not to mention a structuring of programs from that shell to working systems.
Bolge has been director of the museum for 16 of the 28 years the institution has been in existence. He looks back affectionately at the old Las Olas Boulevard storefront facility, recalling how it once took just four hours to set the lighting for a given exhibit. At the new museum, adjusting the lighting often takes three days.
Goals for 1987 have become decidedly more complex. Bolge now must use his experience and savvy to consolidate museum operations and a much larger scale. Now he outlines and juggles myriad priorities.
Among them is the consolidation of operations. He also wants to see the mortgage paid off, an endowment established and a depth of academic programs created equivalent to the museum`s ``projected latitude of exhibitions.``
He wants to see grants written, especially for the prestigious CoBrA archive of postwar European expressionist art, which he admits hasn`t been properly utilized scholastically, because the funds have not been appropriated to hire a curator and organize the material.
-- Bolge points out that everything offered by the museum is not born of a singularity of thought. He feels it will take the museum two or three years to settle down, like any corporation. Once things do settle, then, he says, the museum should be held accountable.
But when assessing his vision ..., 7 Feb 2014 [cached]
But when assessing his vision for the museum, I couldn't help but think back to a 2009 interview I conducted with George Bolge, the Boca Museum's director at the time, for a different publication. Bolge told me, "I don't think, 'Who are we going to entertain?' as much as 'Can we do really good shows that have a lasting impact?
Contact Us, 28 Oct 2012 [cached]
George Bolge Chief Executive Officer
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