Andrea Bailey Cox, CEO of Art and History Museums – Maitland has stepped down, effective December 19. She will move to Knoxville, Tennessee, to lead the Aslan Foundation.
Bailey Cox oversaw the consolidation of the Maitland Art Center and the Maitland Historical Society, creating the Art and History Museums – Maitlanda merger of the MAC with the Maitland Historical Museum, the Telephone Museum, the Waterhouse Residence Museum and the Carpentry Shop Museum.
Bailey Cox worked with staff and Maitland Town Council to establish a long-term lease, which allowed the museum complex to undertake far-reaching goals. Under his leadership, in 2013 the museum relaunched its Artist-in-Residence program; in 2014, he launched the ambitious month-long art festival Art31; and in 2015 the The Maitland Art Center has become a National Historic Landmarkthe first in Central Florida.
“Andrea’s vision and leadership have propelled A&H to phenomenal success over the past six years,” Elisha Gonzalez Bonnewitz, chairman of the board of directors for A&H, said in a statement. “She will be greatly missed, but the Board and I remain confident that the organization will continue to thrive during this transition.”
Rae Ward, A&H’s chief marketing officer since October 2014, will provide interim leadership and work with chief curator Rebecca Sexton Larson to ensure both “artistic and strategic continuity” during the transition.