The Speed Art Museum has confirmed deputy director and chief operating officer Lisa Resnik worked her last day there on Aug. 14. This is big news for the museum, as Resnik was not only one of the museum’s highest-ranking executives, but had extensive responsibilities, including oversight of its massive expansion.
Steven Bowling, the Speed’s director of marketing and communications, confirmed Resnik’s departure in an email to IL, adding no one has been hired to fill the position. Bowling declined to say where Resnik is now, or why she left the Speed after working there in various capacities since 2007. “Our policy is that we don’t discuss personnel issues, but we wish her the best,” he said.
One arts industry insider, who requested anonymity, said Resnik announced her departure last Friday, the same day she left. “She reportedly sent an email to the staff on Friday announcing her departure effective immediately,” the source said, adding “Lisa is a pro of unimpeachable competence and character.”
Resnik was the second-highest ranking executive at the Speed, just below CEO Ghislain d’Humières. According to her LinkedIn profile, Resnik was responsible for general operations at the museum, including its ongoing $60 million expansion project and capital campaign. Her laundry list of responsibilities also included: oversight of the museum’s development, marketing, public affairs, human resources, IT, and building facilities, according to her profile.
In September of 2012, Resnik got a lot of attention, including from IL, when she was named part of the Speed’s interim director team alongside chief financial officer David Knopf and then-director of collections and exhibitions Scott Erbes. This triumvirate — which was called the Speed’s Leadership Team — took the reins following the departure of then-CEO Charles Venable, who left to work at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.
Resnik was chairwoman of that Leadership team.
The main Speed Museum campus closed in 2013 and is slated to have a grand-reopening in 2016. In the meantime, the Speed’s executive staff has moved to Local Speed, its temporary NuLu-based headquarters and exhibition space.
IL left a voicemail for Resnik but so far has not heard back.