Director/CEO of Beaverbrook Art Gallery to retire

The search is on for a new director and CEO of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery.

The Fredericton art gallery announced Friday that Terry Graff has decided not to seek an extension of his contract.

Allison D. McCain, chair of the gallery's board of directors, said in a statement that Graff has made a huge impact on the six-decade old institution.

"During Terry's tenure, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery has had a number of wonderful exhibitions and enjoyed major international success touring Masterworks," said McCain. "At the same time we have made some significant additions to our collection."

Graff first joined the gallery in 2008 as deputy director and chief curator, and added chief operating officer to his title in 2012.

He was appointed director/CEO and chief curator the following year.

Graff said it's time for him to pursue another creative professional goal in his life.

"I have had a long and storied career in the visual arts, but am by no means retiring from the field, as I still have plenty of fuel in the tank," he said in a statement

"I am very proud of what I was able to accomplish during my tenure and will leave the Gallery with a strong foundation for continued success in the years ahead."

The Beaverbrook Art Gallery is currently undergoing a multimillion-dollar expansion, which is expected to officially open this fall.