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Two Austin art museums approve merger

(Jeanne Claire van Ryzin, Austin American-Statesman) Formalizing a process that began earlier this year, leaders of the Austin Museum of Art and Arthouse voted Tuesday to approve the merger of the two nonprofit organizations, a move that signals a major shift in Austin’s cultural landscape and ends a tumultuous chapter for both museums.

Attorney Darrell K. Windham has been appointed president of the new board, with art collector and philanthropist Mickey Klein as board chairman.

Jack Nokes, who has been serving as AMOA interim director since Dana Friis-Hansen left the job in January, will remain as interim director of the new organization until a director is appointed.

Windham said that, for now, little would be different at either Arthouse’s Congress Avenue facility or at AMOA’s Laguna Gloria site in West Austin.

He said a national search for a director is under way, with a decision to be made in the next three to six months. After a director is hired, a re-branding process will determine a new name for the united institution.