The Timken Museum of Art in Balboa Park. Photo by Dave William for the Balboa Park Online Collaborative

The Timken Museum of Art announced Monday that a long-time executive from the San Diego Symphony will join the free museum in Balboa Park as general manager.

Megan Pogue, who served for 11 years as vice-president of business development for the symphony, will begin her new role at the Timken on May 15. She succeeds John Wilson, who resigned in 2014 after six years as executive director.

Megan Pogue

“Megan’s strong leadership, commitment to the arts, and in-depth knowledge of the San Diego community provides the opportunity for a new direction for Timken Museum of Art,” said Tim Zinn, president of the museum’s board. “Her creative packaging of events and programs will enable us to expand our emphasis on being the source of art, energy, and fun in Balboa Park.”

Pogue pioneered the symphony’s efforts to establish permanent summer residence at the Embarcadero Marina Park South and was responsible for the recent multi-million dollar renovation of Jacobs Music Center.

“I’m excited to join the dedicated board, staff and volunteers of Timken Museum of Art during this celebratory golden anniversary,” said Pogue. “It’s an honor to work with David Bull, the museum’s esteemed visiting curator, considered one of the world’s top art restorers and a leading authority on old master paintings.

“We shall build on the strength and quality of what Timken Museum of Art has established over the last fifty years, and I look forward to increasing its presence and relevance in the community, as well as in the national and international art world”.

Pogue is a southern California native and graduate of San Diego State University.

The Timken is home to the Putnam Foundation’s significant collection of European old masters, 19th century American art and Russian icons. The collection includes the only Rembrandt painting on display in San Diego.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.