Linda Shearer will be leaving the Williams College Museaum of Art for a position as director of the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinatti.

After a 4 1/2-month search, the Contemporary Arts Center has a new director: Linda Shearer, 58, most recently director of the Williams College Museum of Art in Williamstown, Mass.

“She is everything we were looking for rolled up in one person,” said Joe Hale, chairman of the center’s board of trustees and a member of the selection committee. He said the former painting and sculpture curator of the Museum of Modern Art in New York “has a very strong curatorial vision. She has a sense of humor and a sense of fun, and approaches her job with a sense of adventure.

“When I asked her what her staff at Williams would miss about her most, she said her laugh.”

Sad to see that Williams is losing another fine teacher, but this strikes me as one of those inevitable need-for-a-change sort of things.

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