Departure of Executive Director at Bellevue Arts Museum

September 28, 2023


September 28, 2023

Contact: Priyanka Parmanand

Phone: 425.519.0755

[email protected]

Bellevue, WA—Bellevue Arts Museum (BAM) announces with regret the departure of E. Michael Whittington, who has served as the Executive Director since March 2022. Michael Whittington has chosen to step down from this role due to personal health reasons and his resignation has been accepted with respect and support from the Board of Trustees.

He has been a driving force behind the success and growth of the museum during his tenure. His dedication, vision, and commitment to BAM have had a profound impact on our community, but the board understands and respects his decision to prioritize his health.

During this transition period, BAM is pleased to announce the appointment of Kate Casprowiak Scher as the Interim Executive Director. Kate is a current Board member and brings curatorial experience and a deep understanding of museum’s mission and values. Her strong leadership skills make her an ideal choice to guide BAM.

"We are confident Kate will provide steady leadership and maintain the momentum of our programs and exhibitions," said Jay Pathy, President, BAM Board of Trustees. He also expressed gratitude to E. Michael Whittington for his outstanding contributions to Bellevue Arts Museum, stating, "His leadership has been transformative, and we wish him good health”.

BAM remains committed to its mission of engaging people in the power of art, craft, and design. We are grateful for the ongoing support of our community and patrons during this time of change.



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.