Arts & Culture

Wichita Art Museum’s chief curator resigns

The Wichita Art Museum’s chief curator Stephen Gleissner resigned effective Monday, museum director Patricia McDonnell announced Friday.

Gleissner cited personal reasons, McDonnell said. He’s been on leave from the museum since November.

The museum will launch a national search for his replacement, McDonnell said.

“I don’t imagine we’re going to find someone with that exact expertise in town,” she said.

Gleissner has worked as chief curator for more than 11 years. He succeeded former curator Novalene Ross in October 2001.

His Wichita Art Museum resume includes two collection publications: He collaborated with the Friends of the Wichita Art Museum for “Artfully Done: Food, Flowers & Joy Across Generations” in 2008, and in 2009, he collaborated with Ross to write and publish “Wichita Art Museum: 75 Years of American Art.”

Gleissner was a connoisseur of decorative arts and had a special interest in Steuben Glass. Gleissner added 524 pieces of glass art to the museum’s collection during his tenure.

He graduated with a doctorate’s degree in art history from Northwestern University in 1995. He grew up in Wichita and attended Wichita State University.

Contributing: Lori O’Toole Buselt of The Eagle