The Oceanside Museum of Art at night. Photo courtesy of the museum
The Oceanside Museum of Art at night. Photo courtesy of the museum

The Oceanside Museum of Art is seeking a new leader following the resignation last week of Executive Director Daniel Foster.

The institution’s development officer, Sandra Chanis, will serve as the interim executive director while the contemporary art museum conducts a nationwide search.

Foster, who served as executive director since 2012, is pursuing new opportunities for his personal and professional growth. He will be honored at a patron party on Friday.

“Daniel is a visionary leader who has elevated our museum to a new level of recognition, professionalism and prosperity,” said Robert Pendleton, president of the museum’s board of trustees. “Under his guidance the quality of exhibition programming has risen to new heights, engagement of community patrons and artists has been enhanced in new and imaginative ways, and strategic planning has occurred that perfectly positions the museum for continued growth and development.”

Foster pursued an ambitious growth plan during his time at the museum, doubling revenue each year and increasing membership by 35 percent.

“I am very proud of the tremendous, growth, accomplishments and partnerships that we have experienced at OMA during my tenure,” said Foster. “Oceanside has a special place in my heart and I will miss working with our talented staff, board, supporters and partners.”

The 20-year-old museum is dedicated to art from the 20th and 21st centuries.

Chris Jennewein

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