Westmoreland Museum of American Art position renamed for Scaife
The Westmoreland Museum of American Art’s board of trustees voted unanimously to rename the museum’s top executive position after late Tribune-Review publisher and owner Dick Scaife.
The title for Judith O’Toole and her successors will change from director/CEO to “The Richard M. Scaife Director/CEO,” the board announced early Tuesday.
“It is almost as though his good counsel and collegial companionship is still with me through this name,” said O’Toole, who recalled having conversations about art with Scaife “like a colleague.”
Board president Bruce M. Wolf said the board deliberated for months “to find a way to acknowledge the game-changing contributions” of Scaife, the billionaire philanthropist and Mellon heir who died in July at 82.
Naming the directorship after Scaife is “a symbol of his dedication to the institution as a whole, including collections, exhibitions and programs,” and “will carry his name into the museum’s future as a legacy impact,” Wolf said.
A lifelong collector of mostly American art, Scaife counted Westmoreland as one of his favorite museums. In his will, Scaife bequeathed half of his 500-plus fine artworks to the museum, along with several prized John Kane paintings.
O’Toole has said she believes that Scaife’s gift, coupled with a $38 million renovation project, will make her institution “one of the most important museums of American art in the country.”