Edward L. Deci, the director and president of the Monhegan Museum of Art & History, announces his retirement after 36 years in key leadership roles at the museum. Monday, Sept. 30 was Deci’s last day as director, but he will continue to play an integral role at the museum as the president of the Monhegan Museum of Art & History Board of Trustees.
Major museum achievements during Deci’s tenure include:
-- Growth of the collection to include more than 35,000 objects, with 2,000 works of art, including artists George Bellows, Lynne Drexler, James Fitzgerald, Robert Henri, Edward Hopper, Rockwell Kent, Louise Nevelson, Reuben Tam, and Andrew Wyeth.
-- More than $3.5 million raised toward a capital campaign goal of $8 million, launched in 2013.
--A $300,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to fund environmentally friendly climate control for museum buildings.