Bellevue Arts Museum appoints Leigh Ann More as Interim Executive Director

April 26, 2021

April 26, 2021
Contact: Emilie Smith

Bellevue, WA—The Bellevue Arts Museum Board of Trustees has appointed Leigh Ann More as the Museum’s Interim Executive Director, effective Monday, April 19. More’s appointment follows the resignation of BAM’s most recent Executive Director & Chief Curator, Benedict Heywood.

As interim executive director, More will work with staff, board members, docents, and community members to create a job description for the executive director search that accurately reflects BAM’s leadership needs as the organization works to increase its efforts around diversity, equity, and inclusion. More will be acting exclusively in an interim capacity and is committed to helping the Museum undergo a full and intentional search for its next executive director.

More has been a part of the BAM community for over ten years and brings several decades of experience volunteering with arts and youth programs. More first joined the Museum’s docent program in 2010, helped lead the teen docent program from 2010-18, and most recently joined the BAM Board of Trustees in 2020. She is an engaged supporter of the Museum who has worked closely with staff and is well positioned to get a full picture of the organization’s needs.

“There is healing to be done and I will be doing a lot listening to BAM staff, docents, board, and community to help BAM pave a positive path forward,” says More on her appointment to the interim role. “We are so fortunate to be located in the heart of downtown Bellevue. BAM is an organization that values its community, artists, volunteers, has deep-rooted community connections, and recognizes and showcases our outstanding Northwest artists. We want to be a welcoming place for everyone to visit, view, and discuss art and its impact.”



Bellevue Arts Museum provides a public forum for the community to contemplate, appreciate, and discuss visual culture. We work with audiences, artists, makers, and designers to understand our shared experience of the world.