/ Modified aug 17, 2016 12:13 p.m.

MOCA Executive Director Samuel Ireland to Step Down

A national search for his successor is underway.

MOCA Exterior (PHOTO: Photo courtesy of MOCA)

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Sam Ireland Portrait Samuel Ireland (PHOTO: Courtesy of Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson)

Tucson Museum of Contemporary Art Executive Director Samuel Ireland will step down from his position at the end of this month.

According to a press release, Ireland will be pursuing independent curatorial and art-related business projects.

He became interim director in May 2015 and was named executive director last September.

MOCA Board of Directors President Courtney Johnson says Ireland’s departure comes at a time when the museum is in good health.

"Our memberships are up, attendance is up, we've had some great shows, and a lot of that was due to Sam’s hard work," said Johnson.

She said she’s looking forward to what’s next for MOCA.

"I think this is a good move for Sam, it’s a good move for the museum," she said. "We love Sam, and hopefully, if he stays in Tucson, he’ll continue to be part of everything we do."

Johnson said a national search has already begun and she hopes a new executive director will be announced sometime this autumn.

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