Farewell from CIMA’s Executive Director Heather Ewing

Dear Friends,

After five wonderful years, I am so pleased to be leaving my position as executive director knowing that CIMA is thriving. CIMA’s 2017-18 exhibition season introduced the fantastical work of Alberto Savinio to new audiences, garnering serious critical engagement from The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, Artforum, Art in America, and many others. Savinio’s multi-faceted creative practice offered us the chance to expand our programming into the realms of literature, theater, and music, collaborating with a host of brilliant speakers and performers, including Roberto Calasso with Jonathan Galassi and with Lila Azam Zanganeh, Robert Storr with Lawrence Weschler, Isabella Rossellini and Yasmine Ergas, Luciano Chessa and Luca Valentino, Ruggero Savinio, and the late Irving Sandler.

Enjoy videos of the programs on CIMA’s Vimeo channel:

It has been an incredible privilege to work with President and Founder Laura Mattioli to help launch and shape this special place, and I’m very proud of all we have accomplished in such a short time. Since CIMA opened to the public in February 2014, with the Fortunato Depero Study Day, we have:

Fostering an atmosphere of scholarly exchange and contemplation, along with developing a rich body of creative programming around exhibitions of extraordinary quality, has been among the highlights of my career. But most of all, I’m grateful for the opportunity to have met and worked with so many remarkable people. Thank you for the many ways that you have supported, engaged, and collaborated with me at CIMA. You’ve made it a wonderfully vibrant place. With the appointment of Emma Lewis as the new executive director, I know I leave my position in good hands. I look forward to watching CIMA continue to grow.

With gratitude,


Clockwise from top left: Fellow Fabio Cafagna leading a tour of Giorgio de Chirico – Giulio Paolini, 2017, photo by Johnny Cataneo; Fellows Giulia Tulino and Elena Salza during Alberto Savinio installation; Isabella Rossellini and Yasmine Ergas in conversation, 2018, photo by Johnny Cataneo; Heather Ewing with Giorgio Morandi’s Self Portrait (1917-19), 2016; CIMA Kids! program during de Chirico – Paolini, 2017; Drawing Night during Giorgio Morandi, 2015; and Milton Glaser with Fellows Nicola Lucchi and Matilde Guidelli-Guidi, 2016.