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Art Museum Director to arrive in March

01/20/1998

OXFORD, Ohio -- Robert A. Kret, the director of a Wisconsin art museum, has been chosen to lead the Miami University Art Museum.

He will take over as director of the 19-year-old Miami museum in early March after a five-year-stint as director of the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wis.

"Robert Kret brings great enthusiasm and experience to this position. His success in building audiences for the arts via innovative programming is particularly impressive," said Miami President James Garland.

Kret's accomplishments in Wisconsin include increasing overall museum attendance 20 percent through family-oriented programming.

He also is responsible for developing a 1.5 acre outdoor sculpture garden, multimedia programming and a museum internet site and overseeing a recently-completed $2 million addition.

Kret earned a bachelor of arts degree in history from the University of Detroit and a master's in history museum studies from the State University of New York at Oneonta. Prior to the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, he was executive director of the Ella Sharp Museum in Jackson, Mich. and director of museums for the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities in Boston.

Kret succeeds Dr. Bonnie Kelm, who left Miami in July 1996 to become director of the Muscarelle Museum of Art and associate professor of art and art history at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va.

James Robeson, former dean of the university's Richard T. Farmer School of Business Administration, acted as museum director during the search process. Bonnie Mason, the museum's curator of education, will be interim director until Kret arrives.

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