Bellevue Arts Museum's Director of Art, Craft, and Design accepts new role as Executive Director of Gage Academy of Art

August 02, 2016
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August 2, 2016
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Stefano Catalani, BAM’s Director of Art, Craft, and Design, has accepted the role of Executive Director of Gage Academy of Art starting in September 2016. Gage Academy of Art is a vibrant extended-learning and contemporary art center, providing community based artistic development for artists of all ages and abilities.

Catalani has spent 11 years guiding Bellevue Arts Museum’s artistic vision. Under his curatorial leadership, BAM has continued to establish its credibility and artistic identity both regionally and nationally, and has expanded its role as a leading destination in the field of art, craft, and design. Catalani has helped establish strategic partnerships to promote diversity, accessibility, and inclusion; ensuring that BAM is well positioned to continue to serve its mission to an expanded community.

“We are excited for Stefano as he takes the next steps in his professional journey, and to continue to partner with him in his new role. We are also excited for what the future holds for BAM on the next stage of its journey. Stefano has helped set the stage for many future successes at the Museum. We thank Stefano for all his work to that end, and congratulate him on this exciting new role continuing to serve as a cultural leader in our region” said Linda Pawson, Executive Director of Bellevue Arts Museum.

The Museum is putting a transition plan in place and will be conducting a search for a new Director of Art, Craft, and Design.

Celebrating 25 years as a national center for classical training in the foundation principles of drawing,
painting, and sculpture, Gage Academy of Art, a 501-C3 non-profit, features fine-art programs year-round that engage and inspire emerging and established artists of all ages and abilities through rigorous study and practice in the Realist tradition. For more information, connect with Gage on Facebook and Twitter, or visit

Bellevue Arts Museum is a leading destination in the Pacific Northwest to experience art, craft, and design. BAM engages the community through exhibitions, programs, and publications, featuring regional, national, and international artists.