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Triton Museum Announces Major Changes

The Triton Museum of Art announced that Executive Director Jill Meyers is leaving her position at the end of February. Meyers, who has been with the Triton for 28 years, the last 6 and a half years as Executive Director, has accepted a position as Chief Financial Officer for Pacific Motorcycle Training.

During her tenure at the Triton, Meyers executed the conversion of two free standing buildings into fully functional art studio classrooms, reinstated the popular ArtTours program, and increased the permanent collection holdings by nearly 400 works of art — including the significant Ray Ashley Collection of contemporary South Bay art.

“The Triton Museum of Art is a special place where the community can come together and through the visual language of art, share different ideas and experiences,” said Meyers. “It is a true gem of Santa Clara, and I am honored to have been able to dedicate my career to such a wonderful institution.”

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The Board of Trustees also announced that Preston Metcalf will be the new Executive Director. Metcalf’s history with the Triton extends back 53 years, when he participated as a child in the opening celebrations of the museum in Santa Clara. Metcalf joined the Triton Museum in 1990 as Curator of Education and Assistant Director and since that time has held several roles, including Chief Curator and most recently Deputy Director.

Metcalf is also an adjunct lecturer of Art History at Mission College, a frequent lecturer on art and art history throughout the community, and has published more than 50 articles, essays, and books on art and artists, including the publication of a novel in 2019.

“Metcalf’s long personal and professional history with the Triton, and his impressive array of accomplishments in the field, position him well as the museum continues its efforts to serve the community and to be a leading venue and contributor to the quality of life in Santa Clara and the region,” said a press release.

The Triton Board and staff will host a recognition party for Jill Meyers on Wednesday, March 11, from 5 – 7 p.m. in the Jamison Brown House.

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