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July 12, 2010: SF CAMERAWORK EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SHARON TANENBAUM DEPARTS, HAL FISCHER NAMED INTERIM DIRECTOR
The Board of Directors announced today that Hal Fischer has been appointed Interim Director of SF Camerawork, while the Board engages in a nationwide search for the next Executive Director during the second half of 2010. The executive search will be led by JR Yeager, of CompassPoint.
As Interim Director, Fischer fills the position of Sharon Tanenbaum, who informed the Board of Directors four months ago of her intent to resign as Executive Director of SF Camerawork, commencing on July 12, 2010. “Sharon has been a remarkable leader at SF Camerawork during the past five years and we are all deeply saddened to see her go,” said Mike Schmitt, President of SF Camerawork's Board of Directors. “Her achievements will have a significant and lasting impact on our success as we move forward—from her skillful guidance of our move to a spacious, centrally located facility where our attendance levels have doubled, to her launching of programs that commission artists to create dynamic new works for our exhibitions. Under Sharon's leadership, Camerawork has expanded its role of providing support for artists, as well as for the underserved youth of our community. We are extremely grateful for everything she has done to help Camerawork flourish and reach a new level of excellence.”
“Fortunately, Sharon's leadership has left Camerawork's exhibitions and educational programs well planned for the next two years, and she has deftly enabled the organization to maintain a balanced budget with a cash reserve in the face of significant economic challenges. Although we know it will be difficult to find someone to fill her shoes, the Board of Directors is very grateful that Sharon established systems that will help the organization thrive under new leadership and that she leaves Camerawork on very solid footing, both programmatically and financially."
As the incoming Interim Director, Hal Fischer’s depth of experience, long history with SF Camerawork and leadership in the nonprofit arena will serve the organization well during the transition period. An independent consultant in the nonprofit sector since 1984, his career over the past 25 years has encompassed short-term assignments as well as longstanding, multi-faceted relationships with organizations such as the Timken Museum of Art, San Diego, where he produced exhibitions and publications that garnered the museum international recognition; and the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, where he organized large scale temporary exhibitions, led successful fundraising efforts for special projects, and managed interpretive planning and visitor experience for the New Asian. For San Francisco’s FOR-SITE Foundation he co-organized Presidio Habitats, the first site-based art exhibition conceived for a national park. The recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts in both art criticism and photography, Hal’s art criticism has appeared in such journals as Artforum and Artweek, and his photographs have been shown in museums and galleries throughout the United States.
“We are fortunate to have an individual, as aligned with and deeply invested in SF Camerawork as Hal Fischer is, able to take on the Interim Director role," said Schmitt. "I am joined by the board and staff in having an enormous amount of respect for him and his career as an artist, critic, curator, and arts administrator. On behalf of the entire Board of Directors, we are all confident that Hal will excel at engaging with the community, staff, and board to continue SF Camerawork’s history of compelling exhibitions, impactful education programs, and noteworthy events.”