"My eight years in Atlanta have been deeply fulfilling ones," Anderson said in announcing his resignation. "The opportunity to work with so many talented colleagues, generous supporters and dedicated administrators has been a delight, and I cannot adequately express my thanks to all."
Since becoming director in September 1987, Anderson has presided over a period of unprecedented growth in the museum. The museum's collection doubled to 15,000 objects, the facility grew from 10,000 square feet to 45,000 square feet, and attendance increased from 20,000 to 100,000 annually. During Anderson's tenure, nine international exhibitions from European and Latin American countries have been organized by the Carlos Museum.
In 1993, the museum received the largest national grant ever made to a southeastern art museum and has become one of the nation's leaders in the field of information technology. The Carlos Museum houses the only Objects Conservation Labora-tory in the region and plans a major offering of exhibits and public art displays in conjunction with the 1996 Olympic Games.
"Max Anderson has proceeded with abundant energy, superb taste and enviable learning to give everyone at Emory an avenue into the world of artistic genius and enterprise," said President Bill Chace. "He has made this community of learners and teachers stronger. We wish him well in Toronto, and we are grateful for all he has done."
"Maxwell Anderson has provided superb vision, creativity and leadership during his time as director of the Michael C. Carlos Museum," said Frank Jones, museum board director. "We will regret very much that he will be leaving in the next few months. At the same time, we take great pride and pleasure in the significant and well-deserved recognition he will receive as the director of the Art Gallery of Ontario."
Anderson will leave the Carlos Museum for Toronto at the end of the summer.