Message from our CEO as he bids farewell to the Association for Art History

It is with sadness that I let you know that I am leaving the Association for Art History. I do so in the knowledge that the organisation is in a strong position to champion art history, and to bring us all together to share knowledge, inspire views and advance research.

I am leaving at the end of January to join my wife, who works for the United Nations Development Programme in Southeast Asia, and to spend more time in my native Sweden.

I love my role as Chief Executive for the Association for Art History. Like all of you, I believe in the importance of art history education and research, and I believe a world with wider and greater understanding of our shared cultural heritage is a better place for all. I am extremely proud of what we have accomplished together and I am thankful to all members, volunteers, staff and Trustees that I have met, worked with, talked to, received notes from, and collaborated with. Without your collective support, passions and wisdom, the job would have been infinitely harder. I am extremely grateful and I have learned a lot.

The Association for Art History is, as you all know, at an exciting stage of investment and development with recent technological upgrades and an expanded programme of advocacy and campaigning. To face challenges of low up-take and erroneous perceptions of our subject, we are pooling our resources and have strengthened our brand. Our Annual Conference goes from strength to strength, our journal remains world-leading, and we continue to provide amazing opportunities for early career development and networking. It is a perfect time for a new Chief Executive to continue this journey with us, going further and reaching wider. That person, whoever it is, will need all of our support, because as an Association for Art History, we are stronger and we succeed together. So, renew your membership, support #forarthistory, come along to events, and tell your friends about us. It will be an exciting ride ahead.

As a matter of fact, you or someone you know may want to be our new CEO.  The advert for the position is now online. Please spread the news.

Pontus Rosén
Chief Executive Officer, Association for Art History