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Bonnie Clearwater to Head Up Fort Lauderdale's Museum of Art

Bonnie Clearwater, the woman who put the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami on the map, will now be heading up the Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale.

Clearwater has been MOCA's executive director and chief curator since 1993, and was the main reason behind the museum's rise to prominence in the South Florida art scene.

Now, she's been commissioned to do the same for Fort Lauderdale's museum.

Clearwater had been recruited by Fort Lauderdale museum for years, but it wasn't until now that she felt ready to take up the new challenge.

"The bones are there, the support is there and what they really need is exactly what I can bring them," she told the Miami Herald.

She says her role will be to define MOA/FL's purpose, as well as "its vision and taking it to beyond not even the next level but he next level beyond that."

The museum, a 83,000-square-foot modernist building, located at 1 E. Las Olas Blvd., and is owned by Nova Southeastern University.

MOA/FL has been has been looking for a new executive director since Irvin Lippman retired last year.

Clearwater, who will start her new position in September, says her decision to leave MOCA was a difficult one. She is still going to curate MOCA's Tracy Emin exhibit in December, however.

MOA/FL called their search for an executive director an "international search."

Obviously choosing Clearwater was a nice little coup for a museum with tons of potential that has been flying under the art radar far too long.

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