We congratulate both Colin Bailey and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco on Colin’s appointment as director. He has distinguished himself time and again as a superb scholar and curator, experienced in museum administration. And at this point in his career, I think he is perfectly poised to take on this new role as director of one of the nation’s leading museums.”
—Emily K. Rafferty, President of The Metropolitan Museum of Art
“Colin Bailey is an exemplary choice for the directorship of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. His long record of distinguished scholarly writing and exhibition organizing is unequaled among his peers. He will bring experience, vision, and a great deal of personal charm to the museum, emphasizing its importance equally to the residents of the Bay Area and the international community of museum professionals and visitors.”
—James Cuno, President of the J. Paul Getty Trust
"The Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco has truly made a laudable choice with the appointment of Colin Bailey as its new director. Colin’s contributions to the fields of art, art history, and museology have long been recognized by fellow scholars and curators, professional organizations, and even the French government, which awarded him one of its highest honors for his research. His tenures at the Frick Collection and the National Gallery of Canada, among other institutions, have been distinguished by major acquisitions and exhibitions that have advanced the field while appealing to a wide audience. As a curator and director, he has always placed art at the center of his agenda, and I look forward to his thoughtful, imaginative, and dynamic leadership of the Fine Arts Museums."
—Douglas Druick, President and Eloise W. Martin Director of the Art Institute of Chicago
“The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco represent the best of our city as a cultural and artistic institution that brings together people from all edges of the globe and art from the entire continuum of civilization. I am confident that when Colin takes the helm to lead our Fine Arts Museums, our Museums will continue to excite our residents and bring visitors from all around the world to San Francisco.”
—Ed Lee, Mayor, City of San Francisco
"Our goals for the future will be to focus on curatorial excellence and art historical relevance and to continue our service to our community. We all agree that Colin has the qualities that will elevate the Museums to the next level.''
—Diane B. Wilsey, President, Board of Trustees, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco