Albany Museum of Art director announces retirement, update on move downtown


    Albany Museum of Art director announces retirement, update on move downtown./ Photo: Danielle Ledbetter

    Paula Williams, the executive director of the Albany Museum of Art, is retiring.

    Williams reflects on the challenges she's faced as the executive director.

    She remembers straight line winds, a tornado and a hurricane left the museum damaged.

    After that damage, the city proposed to move the museum downtown.

    Last year, the museum received a $1 million line of credit from the city of Albany to help with the costs to move into the old Belk building downtown.

    However, that deal fell through.

    "We were looking at a property and could not come to an agreement when it came right down to it, as there were some issues with the building," said Williams.

    Now, Williams is hopeful that the museum will find a home downtown and hopes her successor will continue to bring new things to the museum.

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