For Immediate Release

ToonSeum Announcement: Joe Wos Steps Down As Executive Director

September 3rd, 2014

It is with very mixed feelings that the ToonSeum Board announces that Joe Wos, founder and executive director, will be leaving the ToonSeum to pursue new and exciting creative opportunities. Since 2007, Joe’s vision, leadership and boundless energy has propelled the ToonSeum from a tiny hallway in The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh into one of the leading venues in the U.S. for exhibiting and promoting comic and cartoon art.

During his time leading the museum, Joe successfully doubled the size of the gallery space and achieved a national and international reputation for Pittsburgh's cartoon museum, one of only two like it in the country. He helped procure and curate over 70 comic art exhibitions, created educational outreach programs, launched a geek film series, and built a successful and profitable museum store, to name just a few of his successes.

In addition, Joe brokered new partnership programs and collaborative projects with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Charles M. Schulz Museum, the Andy Warhol Museum and many more local and national organizations. He also made significant contributions to the development and creation of the Pittsburgh Comic Arts Festival a public celebration held during the National Cartoonist Society's annual meeting in Pittsburgh in 2013.

Joe has been a tireless and highly effective leader and advocate for the cartoon arts and the ToonSeum. While everyone associated with the museum will miss Joe's daily guidance, infectious energy and encyclopedic knowledge of all things cartooning, Joe will remain an important and trusted advisor to the ToonSeum.

Over the next few weeks, the ToonSeum board will explore options for restructuring day-to-day operations and begin the process of appointing an interim director or administrator to help manage this important transition.

As always, the ToonSeum is committed to its mission of promoting and celebrating the cartoon arts and the cartoonists who create it. The ToonSeum board looks forward to expanding and continuing to build upon the foundation that Joe Wos has built.

--- The ToonSeum Board of Directors

For more information contact:
ToonSeum President Rob Rogers (rob@robrogers.com) and/or
ToonSeum Vice President Harold Behar (hbehar@behar-fingal.com)
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