The Textile Museum
announced today that Director Daniel Walker has resigned. Walker has served as director since May 2005.
In his letter of resignation to the Board of Trustees, Walker wrote, Given the economic climate, this is a difficult time for museums large and small. Therefore, the Board and I have come to a mutual agreement that this is the right moment for me to assist in the transition to a new director. I am eager to return to various research, writing and exhibition projects that have been set aside over the last four years. My devotion to The Textile Museum and its collection is unwavering, and I look forward to providing advice and assistance to the Museum beyond the official conclusion of my tenure.
Walkers letter of resignation was reluctantly accepted by Board President Bruce P. Baganz. In response, Baganz said, The Textile Museums Board of Trustees is grateful for Daniel Walkers leadership over the past four years. His extensive museum experience and thorough knowledge of textiles has helped to reinforce the Museums reputation as a world leader in the study and presentation of the textile arts.
During Walkers tenure, The Textile Museum presented 16 diverse and highly acclaimed exhibitions, including three curated by the director himself: Seldom Seen: Directors Choice from the Museums Collections (February 10 July 30, 2006), Pieces of a Puzzle: Classical Persian Carpet Fragments (September 1, 2006 January 7, 2007), and Recent Acquisitions (March 6, 2009 January 3, 2010). Baganz commented, We anticipate an exciting schedule of diverse exhibitions in the years ahead which will bear Daniel Walkers artistic mark, including this springs Constructed Color: Amish Quilts and the upcoming exhibitions, Contemporary Japanese Fashion: The Mary Baskett Collection, Designing Women of Postwar Britain, and Colors of the Oasis: Central Asian Ikats.
On behalf of the entire Museum community, we wish Dan all the best in his future endeavors and look forward to an ongoing friendship, Baganz said.