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.
is a Vietnam War veteran and a fellow of the National Trust for Historic Preservation
new job in DeLand in November, museum officials said.
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