Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art director resigns

Timothy Rodgers, director of the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and vice president of the Scottsdale Cultural Council since 2009, has announced his resignation effective May 18.

Timothy Rodgers

Timothy Rodgers

“SMoCA has made great strides building its unique brand and impact both locally and nationally, and it is now firmly positioned among the most innovative and thought-provoking contemporary art museums in the Southwest,” said Mr. Rodgers in a press release. “After six great years with SMoCA, having accomplished the goals I set for myself and the museum, I have decided that the time is right for me to pursue a new opportunity. This is something I’ve been thinking about and planning for some time, and I am eagerly looking forward to this next phase of my career.”

During Mr. Rodgers’ tenure, SMoCA presented a wide range of acclaimed exhibitions, including “Paolo Soleri: Mesa City to Arcosanti”; “The Five Senses” featuring artists Janet Cardiff, Olafur Eliasson, Spencer Finch, Roelof Louw and Ernesto Neto; and “Covert Operations: Investigating the Known Unknowns.” SMoCA’s collection also expanded by more than 150 works through gifts and bequests, including the collection of Don and Carolyn Eason of Santa Fe featuring works by Charles Arnoldi, Kenneth Noland and Ken Price, among other contemporary artists.

Rodgers also transformed one of the Museum’s galleries into SMoCA Lounge, a dynamic community hub offering a diverse mix of programming spanning the visual, literary and performing arts, and broadened SMoCA’s base of support and visibility.

In recent years, the museum organized a series of highly successful fundraisers, and was awarded prestigious grants from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts and Tremaine Foundation. SMoCA’s inventive exhibitions and programs regularly made headlines, including national coverage in Artforum, ARTnews, POLITICO Magazine and TIME, among many other media outlets.

It was also recognized with numerous “Best of” awards by Arizona Foothills Magazine and Phoenix New Times. The museum enjoyed record attendance of nearly 50,000 during its 2013–14 season, according to the release.

“On behalf of the Scottsdale Cultural Council, I wish to thank Tim Rodgers for his leadership at SMoCA and his service to our community,” said Scottsdale Cultural Council President and CEO Neale Perl. “Tim brought exceptional creativity and resourcefulness to the Museum, and going forward we will build on SMoCA’s imaginative programming and momentum. All of us wish him the very best in his future endeavors.”

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